Morris Manning & Martin, LLP

Open Source Evolution v. 2019

02.11.2019

Open source software has come a long way. Started in the early 1980s, the open source movement as a means of software development and distribution has exploded.4 Open source software is widely used; it is virtually impossible for corporate america to not use open source software.5

This article discusses some of the new developments in the ongoing evolution of open source licenses and the business models that use them. Specifically, these new developments are the Server Side Public License, the Commons Clause, and the GPL Cooperation Commitment. To put these developments in context, however, some background is needed.

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