The concept of free/open software needs some rethinking when software is used as a web service, rather than run on one’s own computer. I’ve posted on this before, as have many others. Important though the issue is, I am dismayed at the thought of new free/open software licenses to address it.
My first thoughts are:
- Would an open services definition differ from a free services definition?
- Is it best to start with a definition? Or is it better to start thinking about what licenses or other agreements might be useful?
- Might there end up being a family of licenses (cf Creative Commons)? Each member of the family would represent a combination of points on the various “sliding scales” that Lius discusses to characterize the extent to which a service is free/open.