[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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