[osflash] OSFlash - so what is Open Sourced?
justin.clarke at dcinteract.com
Thu Dec 15 06:02:33 EST 2005
it really is fantastic how fast the Open Source movement is growing
within the Flash community, but I just had a few questions regarding
OSFlash. I know Aral is a leading figure within the community and doing
great things, but I wanted to know how the concept of Open Source works
within an 'incubator' that is © Aral Balkan (OSFlash © 2005 Aral
Balkan.), and where OSFlash, the OSFlash logo and mascot are trademarks
of Ariaware Limited?
I'm well aware that it is beneficial for these types of communities to
have something akin to a corporate sponsor (for instance sourceforge
being owned by VA software), but I wanted to know how this affects any
content individuals may produce for the wiki. Is the actual content of
OSFlash.com Open Source (the articles, tutorials etc we will all submit
and add to), not just the code, or is it copyrighted to Aral?
Is it possible to get a clear statement on these points, as I couldn't
find anything on the wiki. I'm not overly concerned - those who take the
initiative to start these things deserve to direct it to some extent.
But thinking as a community over the long-term what are the implications
of being dependant on a particular company or individuals - what happens
to the content and projects if Aral took a knock on the head and quit
Flash to be a visual basic programmer (perish the thought!), or was
employed by Adobe? How do other Open Source communities manage and run
themselves? These questions will obviously become more important as the
community grows in size and prominence, so it would be good to start
addressing them now :-)
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