Review of 'The IFOSS Law Book

Author:Marcus O'Leary
Position:Consultant (retired as a Partner in Sept 2011) - Media, Brands and Technology Department at Lewis Silkin LLP
Pages:67-70
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 Β
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#∃!#∃# !#%&#∋!(∃!
 
#∃!#∃# !#%&#∋!(∃!

&&!&∋) %#∃#∃!#∃# !nd Open Source Software Law
Review, Volume 4, Issue 1 (March 2012). It or∗# .&&!%# #∃
∃∃& !!∗
!∃( ∋ %)(∃% 
−!.1,!(∋8ΧΧ9−−1∋4∗∋4891
pp. 67 - 70
DOI: 10.5033/ifosslr.v4i1.71
∆&.!∗∃Ε2012 Marcus O'Leary
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