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Who Really Owns Your Open Source Code?

Jul 18, 2007, 23:15 (8 Talkback[s])

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"In the wake of Apple's purchase of CUPS, there is a simple lesson to take away--if you are a developer committed to open source and you wish for your contributions to always remain open, do not reassign copyright to an external party.

"As the new holder of copyright to all CUPS code, Apple is able to re-license and add non-open functionality into CUPS if it so wishes. This situation is not unheard of within the open source world as it is similar to what Trolltech could do with QT or MySQL AB with MySQL. In fact, the Red Hat acquisition of JBoss made Red Hat the sole copyright holder of JBoss for the exact same reasons that Apple is now the sole copyright holder of CUPS..."

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