Open source, closed source, and the value of code
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Tue Mar 1 17:53:59 EST 2016
Robert Mann wrote:
> Behing the great idea of a Open SOurce, it is surpassing to find
> so much barriers being built around it.
As Peter explained, for most use cases it's not all that deep.
But for edge cases all licenses can be complex, open source and
The only reason some folks think proprietary licenses are simple is
because they don't read them. :)
Consider the EULA for Apple's proprietary Final Cut Pro:
The features and even the name imply that it might be an excellent
choice for a wide range of uses that can include professional work. And
indeed I know may pros who've used it; I'm sure many others here do too.
But did they write a fairly hefty check to the MPEGLA patent consortium
to be legally able to do so?
The Final Cut Pro EULA includes:
12. MPEG-2 Notice. To the extent that the Apple Software contains
MPEG-2 functionality, the following provision applies: ANY USE OF
THIS PRODUCT OTHER THAN CONSUMER PERSONAL USE IN ANY MANNER THAT
COMPLIES WITH THE MPEG-2 STANDARD FOR ENCODING VIDEO INFORMATION
FOR PACKAGED MEDIA IS EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED WITHOUT A LICENSE UNDER
APPLICABLE PATENTS IN THE MPEG-2 PATENT PORTFOLIO, WHICH LICENSE
IS AVAILABLE FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C., 250 STEELE STREET, SUITE 300,
DENVER, COLORADO 80206.
13. MPEG-4 Notice. This product is licensed under the MPEG-4 Systems
Patent Portfolio License for encoding in compliance with the MPEG-4
Systems Standard, except that an additional license and payment of
royalties are necessary for encoding in connection with (i) data
stored or replicated in physical media which is paid for on a title
by title basis and/or (ii) data which is paid for on a title by
title basis and is transmitted to an end user for permanent storage
and/or use. Such additional license may be obtained from MPEG LA,
LLC. See http://www.mpegla.com for additional details.
Additional use licenses and fees are required for use of information
encoded in compliance with the MPEG-4 Visual Standard other than the
personal and non-commercial use of a consumer (i) in connection with
information which has been encoded in compliance with the MPEG-4
Visual Standard by a consumer engaged in a personal and
non-commercial activity, and/or (ii) in connection with MPEG-4
encoded video under license from a video provider. Additional
information including that relating to promotional,internal and
commercial uses and licensing may be obtained from MPEG LA, LLC.
Any license can be complex, and all are worth reading.
At least most open source licenses are standardized, so you only need to
read one or two to understand the terms for thousands of software
But every proprietary license can be unique, requiring us to go through
them all with each version of each package to see what details may lie
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