Michael Asherman

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The open source landscape has evolved into a complex maze of licenses and business models. To make matters more confusing, any simple meaning of the phrase "open source" has become lost amid a sea of ambiguous and arcane terminology. As a result, many software developers fail to recognize the potential benefits of innovative models of software distribution and source code disclosure. Background Copyright law entitles programmers, like authors and artists, to exclusive control over the distribution and sale of their intellectual property, which includes source code. The value of source code is well recognized, but for competitive reasons software developers often are reluctant to include source at a reasonable price, if at all. Holding a diametrically opposite point of view, the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) community contends that source code generally shoul... (more)