Potentially important real-time on-line discussion
Kyler at news.Lairds.org
Sun Aug 3 16:18:38 CEST 2003
Wojciech Kocjan <wojciech at n0spam-kocjan.org> writes:
>Kyler Laird wrote:
>> People pay (what I consider to be) lots of money for me to write software
>> for them. I insist that it be open source (which makes for interesting
>> contract negotiations sometimes). I would be *thrilled* if someone took
>> my code and used it. My value is in providing solutions - not shielding
>> intellectual property from use.
>While I do agree with you, another problem is that you spent your time
>and your customer paid you to do the software.
No, the customer paid for me to provide a solution. I've done that.
The customer is happy. Any further usefulness of the code is gravy.
>Would it be fair if at this time, some other programmer took your code,
>added (not replaced) him to the copyright notice, changed about 5 things
>and charged the same for that?
If it's allowed by the license (which we've been terribly loose about),
then sure; that'd be dandy. The code is almost incidental to the
solution provided. It would make me happy if the same (or slightly
modified) code helps someone else solve a problem.
>Note that I do not plan to release customer's application as opensource,
>only parts of it. I think this is a bit better than releasing all of it,
>since my company and my customer spent a lot of time on developing and
>facing problems. If some other company wants to solve similar problems,
>they can always come to me either writing the software, or consulting them.
Even if it's open source that's likely to happen. There's a good chance
that using a little of your time is going to be cheaper than hiring
someone else to get started.
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