[Cc-bizcom] Can Open Src Projects be Acquired?
Marshall W. Van Alstyne
marshall at MIT.EDU
Tue Apr 26 23:36:16 EDT 2005
Here's an interesting post from Slashdot suggesting that they can...
Posted by <http://cmdrtaco.net/>CmdrTaco on Tuesday April 26, @11:11AM
from the i-just-don't-get-this-one dept.
<http://startup.blogscorp.com>prostoalex writes "Can an open source project
be acquired? ZDNet's Between The Lines
<http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/index.php?p=1306>says yes, one just did.
Software startup JasperSoft acquired Sourceforge-based project
<http://jasperreports.sourceforge.net/>JasperReports, which involved
acquiring the copyrights and hiring the lead developer for the project." I
guess the point he tries to make is that the new corporate overloads can
essentially have a free and non-free version of the code, and more or less
orphan the free version. The problem of course is that if the non-free
version gets good, others will simply fork.
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