Open Source vs Proprietary Code: seeking a balanced standard
Jun 21, 2010, 19:33 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Open source is great. Code is knowledge and knowledge
should not be hidden forever. ASAP it should become public for all
to use and benefit from. In the past the flow of information was
slow, but nowadays is fast, and the faster we share and need
information, the greater the need society has for all code, which
is knowledge, to become public, with no strings attached.
"But what about the rights of the creators of original code? The
programmer sometimes pours his money, his time, his energies, his
own life into a program, and is unfair to demand or expect him to
put it into the public domain right away or license it under a free
license that may take away his rights and his opportunity to make
some money out of his product. This don't seems fair.
"A balance must be found somewhere. The programmer should have a
reasonable opportunity to make a living and earn an adequate return
on the investment of time, knowledge, and effort he puts into the
development of a computer program. Yet the code itself is knowledge
that should eventually become public domain, accessible for all to
use and share free or charge, with no strings attached."