Subject: Re: Can Open Src Projects be Acquired?
From: Nik Cubrilovic <>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2005 16:25:25 +1000

 Thu, 28 Apr 2005 16:25:25 +1000
On 4/27/05, Marshall W. Van Alstyne <> wrote:
> In case anyone missed this from Slashdot...
> Posted by <>CmdrTaco on Tuesday April 26, @11:11AM
> from the i-just-don't-get-this-one dept.
> <>prostoalex writes "Can an open source project
> be acquired? ZDNet's Between The Lines
> <>says yes, one just did.
> Software startup JasperSoft acquired Sourceforge-based project
> <>JasperReports, which involved
> acquiring the copyrights and hiring the lead developer for the project." I
> guess the point he tries to make is that the new corporate overloads can
> essentially have a free and non-free version of the code, and more or less
> orphan the free version. The problem of course is that if the non-free
> version gets good, others will simply fork.

I have some comments in regards to this, and mostly in regards to the
VCs investing into FOSS (as seen on Slashdot today: If anyone is

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