Culture Clash – (Legal Intersections Between Proprietary and Open Source Software)
From the early 1980s a cultural divide developed in the software community between proponents of proprietary software and advocates of free or open source software. The reasons for this separation of views are many. They include political, philosophical, economic, technical and many other factors. Over time the various camps have learned to co-exist on a number of levels. The actual number of legal disputes centered on these very different approaches to software development and use has been far less than one might have expected. Still the functional aspects of these two distinct approaches to software development have and will continue to result in differences likely to be addressed through developments in intellectual property law. To discuss some of these developments past and future we need a common context. View full article (PDF).