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Dennis Byron

Open source commentary over U.S. federal court license ruling is not all favorable

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I tried to avoid posting about this giving that the open source blogsphere has gone ga-ga over it. This and it refers to the the August 14, 2008 ruling in the Northern District of California federal court in the U.S. that involved model railroading software and the open source software (OSS) license used in its distribution.

Mark Radcliffe, whom we interviewed here a few months ago, thinks it's good news so I'll take his word for it. I won't even pretend to know anything more than what I read by experts such as Mark. For my primary research, the IT investment research perspective, it doesn't mean much because the major companies that distribute open source software (OSS) use different OSS terms and conditions (Ts&Cs) than the model railroader.

But I suggest everyone that is getting so excited consider the source in what they read about the recent court case I think I am reading Mark correctly to say it's good news but it only applies to that particular license (and not the dozens of OSS Ts&Cs in use) and, I think, only in that particular jurisdiction.

In addition, surprise/surprise, other lawyers don't agree with Mark.

Like all things related to the U.S. legal system, we need a few more years and a few more cases before this can be delcared much of anything. And in the end what will it say if it all comes out the way the open source community wants: If you wrote it, you own it (whether or not you charge money for it).

That's what the OSS community wants, right? Who was going to disagree with that?

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Nice share thank you admin.

good job admin. thanx

Dennis Byron’s blog on open source software: A longtime market research analyst follows what “the movement? means to business integration—in applications, infrastructure, as services, as architecture and as functionality.

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