As many of you have probably read, a U.S. District Appeals Court has ruled that just because a developer gave code away for free doesn’t mean it’s not copyright protected. Open source developers now have clarified protection that draws clear lines around what had been uncertain territory for developers.
What does it mean from the commercial open source standpoint? Not much for vendors such as ourselves as our software is already protected, but for developers it means the can control future use of their work. And for businesses that leverage open source from developers, it validates the model even more then it already has. Enterprises have been given the green light that the software is protected and helps to dismiss many of the arguments that proprietary providers say can’t be trusted.