Co-Op Puts A New Twist On Open Source (Information Week)
Posted Sep 7, 2004 16:30 UTC (Tue) by ncm
Parent article: Co-Op Puts A New Twist On Open Source (Information Week)
Free Software cooperation between business rivals is legal because
everything is in the open. These cooperative schemes don't seem to
have that protection.
They don't say how anybody new enters such a cooperative. Can a company
just join and get access to years' worth of development, immediately?
If not, perhaps coop membership will just decline over time, and
eventually peter out. (If so, why not wait and pay less?) When a
company drops out, do they still have free use of all the code they
are already using? Is it possible for a project to be relicensed as
Free Software, later, to get wider participation, or is all the code
produced locked up forever?
We should be prepared for this project to fail, and to have Free Software
tarred both for competing unfairly and for providing the practices that
will be blamed for the failure.
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