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Open Source Licensing: Obsolete or Of Importance?

Mar 17, 2008, 23:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen O'Grady)

"Once besieged by basic questions ranging from 'is it open source?' to 'will it make money?,' the open source world is increasingly facing more mature, nuanced questions and assertions.

"One such that has been picking up steam of late is that open source licensing is less important than commonly assumed. Reacting to a piece from the 451 Group, Eclipse's Ian Skerrett makes the case that trademarks are the real strategic weapon. Tim O'Reilly, for his part, has famously declared that 'open source licenses are obsolete,' largely due to their irrelevance (the Affero and such licenses presumably excepted) to those--like Amazon, Google, et al--that do not distribute software in the traditional sense..."

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