When does code you create become copyrighted?
As soon as you save it in memory, though techinically as soon as it is written down, as it is stored in RAM.
a. If you could wave a magic wand, and open source any piece of proprietary software, what software would you choose?
The “Mastering” suite – mastering physics, mastering biology, mastering chemistry educational sites.
b. If the software above was open sourced, would it’s company remain stable? How would the company continue to make money?
I believe it would, as people still need to pay to get access to the site’s data like they do now. The company would make money as it always had, just now the sites’ many errors could be fixed.
What do you feel like was the most beneficial thing to learn in the class?
I believe the most beneficial thing I got from this class was the main site and its resources. All those documents are a great source of information, and I will continue to read it.
Explain the some of the motivations a company may have to open source software.
To bring in more developers and have them all work together, bringing more eyes on the issues and bugs.
Are there any changes you would suggest making to the profile template? What parts did you find most interesting or important?
Unfortunately, not all of the companies we wrote profiles for were open-source, and as such did not have access to repos or their code.
If you could have spent more time, say an extra week, on any topic, which would you have liked to cover more in depth?
Terms of Service – I would’ve liked to know how to create a document for a company were I to start one.
Why are you using license **insert license X here** for your open source project?
GPLv3, it is OSI approved, and as the third iteration of the license is quite up to date. I am a fan of the copyleft side of licensing rather than the permissive ones.
If you would suggest a video to be watched as part of this course, what would it be?
Probably a talk from a conference about general open-sorcery, like the video from Karen Sandler about trademarks.