Re: [hackers-il] OpenSource by force?
- On Fri, 9 Jun 2000, Ira Abramov wrote:
> OpenSourcing in-house projects has always intrigued me.It is an intriguing subject. Bruce Perens once talked about it, and
concluded that it was a lost cause, usually. You are probably in a better
position then Xen and I (for example), since Internet Zahav does *not*
sell software. I know I have quite a difficult job convincing management
that things we do not plan on selling (e.g., my infamous dsp2make), might
as well be released to the public domain.
The thing is, that I would *not* advise releasing without managerial
approval -- you are leading people to use this source, and improve it. 2
years later, management can wake up and say "hey, this is ours, we'll sue
your asses off if you don't stop using it". So, you cause a lot of people
to waste their times.
What might work is badgering management constantly. I'm trying that route
> I'm taking the "hacker" thinking modeUnfortunately, that isn't true. The IP belongs to the company, so you're
> here saying there is no copyright notice on the scripts, and no license,
> so I'll assume the "best case scenario" and release it under GPL if it's
> good enough.
actually deluding a lot of people. What you can do (but it might get you
sued and of fired: however, this does not imply immorality), is release
those scripts with a notice that says "These are pirated scripts from
Internet Zahav. Please do not use the source, but you can get ideas freely
> Chen is in the opinion that the company should be firstI'm not sure lawyers have to be included: managerial concent is enough for
> persuaded at all levels, lawyers included, but since that is too much
> bother, a busy tech worker won't always take up the task.
management-sucks-ly y'rs, Z.
Moshe Zadka <moshez@...>
http://www.linux.org.il -- we put the penguin in .com