CNET News: Shoring Up Software is New Group's Aim
May 18, 2002, 01:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wylie Wong)
"The open-source software community is already raising concerns
about the licensing terms for the technology resulting from the
SCC's efforts, Guttman said. Open-source describes a collaborative
method of developing software by freely sharing programming code,
with no single company owning the rights.
"But Carnegie Mellon, like most universities, owns the
intellectual property of its research, he said. Each member of the
consortium can use future technology, such as testing tools, for
its own internal use. But they are subject to royalty payments to
the college if they want to include the testing tools in their
software products, he said.
"'The open-source community has made great contributions to
software development, and they have expressed their concerns,'
Guttman said. 'We're engaged in discussions to accommodate the
open-source community. It's difficult but not impossible...'