[License-discuss] exploring the attachment between the author and the code
josh at berkus.org
Sat Feb 29 01:43:47 UTC 2020
On 2/28/20 8:15 AM, Gil Yehuda via License-discuss wrote:
> 1. When I use open source code in my solution, I still feel that my
> solution is mine (even though others wrote some of it).
> 2. When my code is used by others, I don't feel less attached to my
> code. It still feels mine.
> 3. When an open source community modifies my code, when is it no longer
> my code (grandfather's ax problem)?
This is the reason we have *projects*.
The coder writes some code, or modifies some code. She submits her code
or modifications to the project; at that point they become the
*project's* code and no longer her code. But it doesn't matter because
she is now co-owner of the project, which is both socially and
commercially a more valuable thing.
You're making a classic mistake here, which is thinking of open source
as produced by programmers working on from-scratch projects in
isolation, even though that's rarely the case. In fact, I'd say that
case is so exceptional that it's not worth talking about.
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