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Copyright Guide for Scientific Software

Albert, Kendra; Bouquin, Daina; Farber, Alena; Hoover, Russell

Today, science involves software. And although many scientists understand that their work stands on the shoulders of others, they may not know how copyright affects their rights to use others' software, or how they can publish their software tools so others can use or cite it. The Copyright Guide to Scientific Software, a joint project of the Harvard Cyberlaw Clinic and the Center for Astrophysics, in association with the Software Preservation Network, aims to fill that gap, by providing clear, easy-to-read answers to common questions about how scientific software and copyright interact. 

This guide is an affiliated effort of the Software Preservation Network. This guide was designed by Jessica Meyerson.
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