☞ Scanning For Business

  • While OpenLogic understandably has an interest in promoting their services to companies engaged in the development of commercial software, I’d suggest their implication that open source is in some way a special case here is over-stated. Any product that’s built using input software written by others needs attentive management of the terms under which the copyright is licensed.

    That needs careful management processes which are applicable regardless of whether the software is licensed bilaterally under proprietary terms or multilaterally under open source terms. Thus though it’s not stated this way, they seem to be asserting that the new smartphone market includes a lot of inexperienced developers who don’t realise that.

    It’s surely more a function of the immaturity of the market and its participants than specifically of open source, which is really only implicated here because it’s really not about open source but about OpenLogic’s business, their marketing stunt and the community transparency they are exploiting.

Also:

  • Interesting interview with Mozilla’s new CEO.
  • Fascinating read on the surge of demand that hit Pinboard when Yahoo deprecated delicious (which I am still using only becuase Pinboard doesn’t offer link-blogging). Well worth reading if you are engaged in web application design.
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One Response

  1. Hi Simon, We would agree completely that companies to look at open source license compliance just like they would for any software. The challenge has been that most companies don’t apply the same processes to open source license review, even though they should.
    One Android developer said to me this week that although he was aware of open source licenses, he didn’t think it was necessary to comply since he perceived there was no enforcement. Yes — OpenLogic does offer tools and services to help (including open source tools), but the goal of the research is to increase awareness of the problem. The problem is not that open source licenses are difficult to comply with — but that companies are not taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance.

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