Chapter 12: License Contracts, Free Software and Creative Commons in the Hungarian Law

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and other Alternative License Models, Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law, Volume 12, p. 235-250, Springer, 2016

13 Pages Posted: 9 May 2016 Last revised: 10 May 2016

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Grad-Gyenge Anikó

Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church

Péter Mezei

Institute of Comparative Law and Legal Theory

Date Written: January 1, 2016

Abstract

The Hungárián Copyright Act (HCA) includes a separate chapter on the terms of license (“use”) contracts. The provisions of the HCA serve as lex speciális against the background of general and special rules of contract law codified by the Hungarian Civil Code (HCC). From a historical point of view, the birth of software as a new type of protected work encouraged the reform of copyright contract rules. Nevertheless, the HCA does not contain specific rules on FOSS and CC licenses. It has certain rules on non-written (oral) contracts, introduced especially for these types of licenses entering into Hungarian legal practice. Both pieces of legislation mentioned above apply in relation to FOSS and CC licenses.

Keywords: Licence, FOSS, Open Source, Creative Commons, Copyright Law

JEL Classification: K12, K19, K39

Suggested Citation

Anikó, Grad-Gyenge and Mezei, Péter, Chapter 12: License Contracts, Free Software and Creative Commons in the Hungarian Law (January 1, 2016). Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and other Alternative License Models, Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law, Volume 12, p. 235-250, Springer, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2777336 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2777336

Grad-Gyenge Anikó

Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church ( email )

Viola u. 2-4.
Budapest, 1042
Hungary

Péter Mezei (Contact Author)

Institute of Comparative Law and Legal Theory ( email )

Bocskai u. 10-12.
Szeged, H-6721
Hungary
+36-62-546-735 (Phone)

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