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In programmer heaven, all software is open source software. Solving problems is as easy as downloading the code you need - none of which comes with any nasty copyright baggage - and the only part you need to write for yourself is the coolest, most interesting algorithm, which compiles, runs, and works on the first try. Naturally, there aren't software patents in heaven, either: I don't think there are any patent examiners who could get through the pearly gates, do you? When you get there though, I would think twice about using that little red hat logo. Programmers, now politicized by the free software movement, spend a lot of time arguing about copyrights and patents - whether they're morally right or wrong and how widely they should be enforced. But they don't think much about trademarks. Trademarks, in a way, are the most bulletproof form of intellectual propert... (more)

Dual-Licensing Open Source Business Models

To Open Source or not to Open Source - that is the question. Or is it? Open Source has matured into a robust development model, and many businesses that shied away from it are reconsidering it. The good news these days is that Open Source is no longer an all-or-nothing choice. What Is a Dual-Licensing Model?A dual-licensing model is a business model in which a company that markets a commercial software product gives its licensees the choice of two licensing models: Open Source and closed source (or "proprietary"). In this business model, a customer can choose to license the softw... (more)