Free And Fair, Friend or Foe?

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Presentation given at The Apache LAMP MeetUp at Sun on Nov 20, 2008.
Discusses the Software Bill of Rights in the context of Open Source.

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Free And Fair, Friend or Foe?

  1. 1. Alain Raynaud SoftwareBillOfRights.org aka FairSoftware.net
  2. 2. <ul><li>How do you make money with Open Source? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The service model </li></ul><ul><li>The distribution with value added model </li></ul><ul><li>The double license model </li></ul><ul><li>The mutualization model </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>1. Write Code </li></ul><ul><li>2. Sell Program </li></ul><ul><li>3. Repeat </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Code </li></ul><ul><li>Argue with other coders </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaii vacation ($$$) </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Born when Open Source meant publishing your code in magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Customers suck </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Aunt Abby will never open the source </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>If you make money with my code, you owe me some of it </li></ul>
  9. 10. Project Governance Co-Founder Co-Founder Contributor Contributor Contributor
  10. 11. <ul><li>OPEN MANAGEMENT </li></ul><ul><li>Every Project Participant can be part of the decision-making processes that affect the Project. </li></ul><ul><li>EQUAL RIGHTS </li></ul><ul><li>All Project Participants have equal rights in the decision-making processes, based on the individual size of the share each Project Participant has in the Project. </li></ul><ul><li>REVENUE SHARING </li></ul><ul><li>Every Project Participant participates in the sharing of revenue created through the Project; the size of each Project Participant's share will be determined based on their individual contribution. </li></ul><ul><li>TRANSPARENCY </li></ul><ul><li>The decision-making and the voting process, and the decisions and votes, will be available for review by each and every Project Participant. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>SBR uses the concept of shares, like corporations </li></ul><ul><li>Be capitalist (I’m the boss with 99%), or be egalitarian (1 share each) </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>IP Licensing: </li></ul><ul><li>Developers (members) have access rights to the code </li></ul><ul><li>Customers buy the final product and have usage rights </li></ul>
  13. 14. How To Protect Your Open Source Project From Poisonous People http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4216011961522818645
  14. 15. <ul><li>If you have an e-mail, I can give you a share of my revenue </li></ul>06/06/09 Confidential and Proprietary - FairSoftware, Inc
  15. 16. <ul><li>We support: </li></ul>06/06/09 Confidential and Proprietary - FairSoftware, Inc
  16. 18. <ul><li>Problem: </li></ul><ul><li>Free: do whatever you want </li></ul><ul><li>Fair: you must pay </li></ul><ul><li>But… </li></ul><ul><li>Can we get rid of the free (beer) and keep the free(dom)? </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>You can help make the SBR more Open </li></ul>SoftwareBillOfRights.org

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