Posted by: Garrick | October 29, 2007

Chumby and the Rhetoric of Openness [via]


An interesting take on the license agreement included with the Chumby . Isn’t this the same issue anyone runs into when developing under the GPL?

I don’t think the licence should raise alarm, but he does raise good points that developers thinking about working on the Chumby should take note of.

“But there is a problem. A big one. And you’ll only find it if you read the SDK/HDK license agreement like I did, a deed replete with all the legalize one expects to hide disappointments. To wit:

3.3 License to Licensee Applications and/or Devices. You retain your ownership rights in your innovations. If you publish, distribute, or otherwise make available any Licensee Application or Modified Device or any related descriptions or specifications, you hereby automatically grant to Chumby a non-exclusive, transferable, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty-free, and worldwide right and license under all Intellectual Property Rights to use, reproduce, modify, create derivative works of, and distribute and to make, have made, use, import, offer to sell and sell, and otherwise exploit such Licensee Applications and/or Modified Devices and any modifications, improvements, or enhancements they embody; except that this license does not apply to any Licensee Applications that you make available to the public under the GNU General Public License version 2.0.

In summary, that means that Chumby Industries, Inc. can do whatever they want with the things you make for their platform. Yikes.”

[read entire article here]


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