A short introduction to the general concept of intellectual property can be found here. As one of the specialized agencies of the United Nations, the World Intellectual Property Organization provides detailed information about intellectual property and relevant international treaties on their website. The World Trade Organization has published materials on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property. At the same time, the term “intellectual property” has also been criticized.
A summary of EU legislation in intellectual property and related policy can be found here and a comprehensive overview of the U.S. perspective on intellectual property law is available via Duke Law School at the Goodson Law Library.
Free and Open Source Software
The definition of Free Software can be found at the Free Software Foundation and the definition of Open Source Software can be found at the Open Source Initiative. The Institute for Legal Questions on Free and Open Source Software (ifrOSS) provides a nice overview of various different free and open source licenses. They have also published a comprehensive set of FAQ. Relevant news and interesting articles on free and open source software can be found at http://www.groklaw.net/index.php, http://www.linuxquestions.org/, http://www.newsforge.com/
A quick look into history on Case Law dealing with software patents can be found at