Avoid being an Open Source Lackey


Open source is hugely popular. This can blind people to the problems which lurk. Identifying what open material should achieve and if open source is an effective way to go, are essential. Instead of an examination of intent and match to intent, license selection often involves looking to see what a friend uses or what a colleague likes. But a license can have a cool name without being the right one. Open source can be as easily a moralizing waste of effort as it is a beautiful community supported development effort. And corporate interests can change how a project is run or what it achieves.

Dana Bostrom


Intellectual property strategist for public organizations for 10 years. Worked to enable numerous open source projects, but saw some projects hindered. Former competitive debate coach.