Does Committing Code to an Open Source Project Mean Committing Career Suicide?
Feb 24, 2011, 23:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shawna McAlearney)
"Plenty of developers work on open source projects on their own
time or even with their employer's blessing. But before you become
a committer, you should be aware of these legal concerns.
"In these days of economic uncertainty, it's more important than
ever for developers to contribute to open source projects. There
are plenty of reasons to work on open source: to keep your skills
up-to-date (especially if you are unemployed, underemployed, or
want a better job), to make a difference in a community where your
efforts are valued, or just to keep the open source project moving
forward. Every snippet of code contributed builds a better
mousetrap, but you also need to safeguard yourself from
"Yes, lawsuits! Whether you contribute small bug fixes or entire
code modules, every developer needs to be aware that some people do
not look at such donations in the spirit of generosity."