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Legal Tools in Creating an Open Source Project and Business Model

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I explained a number of legal tools that are needed (or should at least be considered) when setting up an open source project or a business model in an article published in Symbio’s publication. It was  based on my presentation at Openmind 2010 (Helsinki).

“The legal rules often play a key role when it comes to business models in software businesses andnotably in free and open source software projects. This is particularly true when the project owner wants to maintain some level of control over the software and the project itself. The balance between control and freedom is achieved by legal tools and policies, such as licenses, compliance policies,contracts, trademarks, organisation rules, contribution policies, only to name a few.” Full article at Symbio’s site: http://www.symbio.com/techblog/?p=307.

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August 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm

10 myyttiä avoimen lähdekoodin juridiikasta ja riskeistä

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Artikkeli: 10 myyttiä avoimen lähdekoodin juridiikasta ja riskeistä

Näkökulma: Artikkelin myytit on valittu ison organisaation ostajan näkökulmasta, joskin myytit ovat tätä yleisempiä.

A. Johdanto

Avoin lähdekoodi tietojärjestelmissä ei ole ihmeellinen tai uusi asia. Avoimen lähdekoodin hyödyntämisessä on kyse ohjelmistoista, siinä missä suljetun lähdekoodin hyödyntämisessäkin.

Avointa lähdekoodia ei tule kohdella kuin jotain erityistä ilmiötä, sitä tulee kohdella ohjelmistoina. Ohjelmistoja on hyviä ja huonoja ja niiden lisensiointi voi olla yritykselle sopivaa tai epäsopivaa. Tämä soveltuu sekä avoimiin että suljettuihin ohjelmistoihin. Yrityksen tulee katsoa yksittäisiä ohjelmistoja ja niiden soveltuvuutta yrityksen tarkoituksiin. Yrityksen ei yleensä ole järkevää lukittautua yhteen ohjelmistoon tai yhteen lisensiointimalliin.

Ohjelmistoja tulee arvioida samoin kriteerein, olivat ne avoimia tai suljettuja. Arvioinnissa ohjelmiston avoimuus on käyttäjäyritykselle käytännössä aina vain etu, sillä avoimen ohjelmiston arviointi on helpompaa ja lisenssien myöntämä käyttämis-, muuttamis- ja monistamisvapaus on etu. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Shattering 10 Open Source Myths

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I explained a number of typical misunderstandings on open source risks and legal questions at Open Solutions 2010 a couple of months ago. The paper (in Finnish) is available at the site and it explains not only the myths, but also the truths.

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December 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm

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Heavy Discussions on Open Source Business Models

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This summer has brought a lot of discussions and views on open source business models, notably regarding the open core business model.

I’m linking some here, for my own and others’ reference.

As always, Carlo Daffara continues writing on and analysing open source business models and comments the recent open core debate. His basic point is that control on code is a tradeoff against contributions.

Simon Phipps heated up the debate with a post on down-sides of open core. Comments from many (in Simon’s blog there were also comments by Mårten Mickos and Henrik Ingo):

Mark Radcliffe, not agreeing and arguing that open core should not be demonized, and it serves a purpose for the FOSS community,

Mårten Mickos, although agreeing to some points, basically sees open core as a necessary tool,

Carlo Daffara, restating that open core strategy trades off contributions and thus requires more development expenditure or the like.

These deserve some thinking. A business needs value to be traded, but how can and should the value be optimised? That will depend on the type of software/service, and every business experimenting with these is welcomed by me at least.

It all comes down to the value offered: as long as a business is able to leverage more value than other relevant vendors, it will thrive. The value offered can be e.g. service for it-departments, software license, cloud service for users, or an existing user base (e.g. Facebook).

The other side of the coin is the cost to keep the business up and running, developing with innovation. Here the community becomes relevant, as does the ease of contribution, and the existing user-base.

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July 28, 2010 at 9:18 pm

A Presentation on Validos and Open Source Compliance

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IPRinfo published last year my short writing in Finnish on taking open source into use by businesses. At the same time I presented Validos, an association established to make easier the process of taking open source into use.

I also describe the methodology of Validos, although my and Mikko-Pekka Partanen’s recent article in IFOSSLR is significantly more thorough (and longer) and in English. The recent article is titled Package Review as a Part of Free and Open Source Software Compliance.

IPRinfo is a magazine published by IPR University Center –  a department for IPR studies of a number of Finnish universities.

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July 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm

A Description on GPL Reciprocity in Finnish

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IPRinfo published my article earlier this year on GPL reciprocity in Finnish.

IPRinfo is a magazine published by IPR University Center –  a department for IPR studies of a number of Finnish universities.

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July 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm

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IFOSS L R issue 3 published

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Ok: the third issue of IFOSS L R is now public. There are a number of interesting articles and writings:

1. Again, Andrew Katz writes a very pleasant to read book review. And this time, I need to get the book, too.

2. Andrew Sinclair writes a short article on BSD-license, tying the loose ends up. And I agree to the community view on BSD licenses permissions on modifying, reproducing and even sublicensing: it is there and Andrew just made it an IFOSSLR tad stronger.

Although there is a clear consensus that reproducing a work is permitted under BSD licenses, I have also been thinking that in the language of the BSD, “distribution” of software could be considered to include reproduction and distribution.

There is an interesting thread on GPL-compatibility, although Andrew could perhaps write a couple of paragraphs more on this.

3. Then there is my and Mikko-Pekka Partanen’s article on practical FOSS package compliance. I’m excited about the article and our work with Validos. I hope the article serves its purpose: takes a step towards a consensus on practical compliance conclusions. It was really an effort to get it finished in time for the publication, but we did it; and not least thanks to quick peer reviewers.

Then there is a number of other writings articles, but I haven’t had the time to read them yet…

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June 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm

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