[zeromq-dev] Opensource and business interest

Pieter Hintjens ph at imatix.com
Thu Aug 13 00:05:54 CEST 2015

Offtopic, but I'll bite.

I've written on this in several places. http://hintjens.com/blog:68
for instance.

Also, http://hintjens.com/blog:31 if you want my opinion on owning ideas.

When you make software either you're in the wrong area, or you will
get competitors. They will take your ideas an improve on them. You can
dislike that, yet it's a fact of life. The best is to take their
improvements back. You can encourage potential competitors to become
contributors by building reusable layers they will use in their


On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 2:55 PM, Benson Margulies <benson at dchbk.us> wrote:
> How is this on topic here? You might try http://opensource.stackexchange.com/.
> On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 8:54 AM, Benjamin <benjamin.l.cordes at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I have a company which builds on ZeroMQ. It is an open source company in the
>> area of Cryptocurrencies. A major ZeroMQ contributor has started an
>> identical company which I believe "uses" my inventions. Not just one or two
>> ideas of mine, but a complete software architecture which I've spent a long
>> time developing. I'd be curious to know how this community thinks about such
>> problems. I haven't personally been in a conflict like this before, but it
>> certainly is not very enjoyable to see others taking my inventions and
>> pretending they are theirs (never mind profiting from them).
>> The concept of the "Collective Code Construction Contract" as a model of
>> open collaboration does not address an issue like this and I'd be curious
>> about opinions. Are opensource principles and business interest compatible
>> at all? What are rights of intellectual property right holders in contracts
>> to the right of copying freely? I'm not referring to ZMQ itself of course,
>> which is LGPL.
>> Regards,
>> Benjamin
>> On Sun, Aug 9, 2015 at 2:31 PM, Benjamin <benjamin.l.cordes at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
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