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  •  That's more than an 'ethical concern'. (2+ / 0-)
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    quill, TheOpinionGuy
    The developers also have an ethical concern, namely that some open-source software was use to develop the Obama campaign tools, so what they built should be released. That's a reasonable concern.
    That's part of the legally binding contract you enter into when you use many (most?) pieces of 'open source' code.  It depends upon just what they used, and what licenses those pieces were under, and how they used it, but there might well be a successful lawsuit in the wings if they meet the licensing criteria under which such code might be used.  It may end up hinging, for instance, on the definition of 'commercial gain' or some other clause buried in the licensing of whatever base code they used.
    •  Which is one practical reason why they CAN'T (2+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity, kyril

      sell licenses for it, or rent portions of it's output.

      There are strong arguments to be made that an election campaign is not a for profit venture.

      It may end up hinging, for instance, on the definition of 'commercial gain' or some other clause buried in the licensing of whatever base code they used.

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