Does open source need ethical guidelines?

Summary:Europe's Open Source Consortium has begun work on a set of ethical guidelines covering open source development. Is this trip really necessary?

Europe's Open Source Consortium has begun work on a set of ethical guidelines covering open source development.

Is this trip really necessary? How will such guidelines be policed, and who will police them? What penalties should we have for those who violate the guidelines?

And what would such guidelines consist of, anyway?

It's a great subject for a weekend TalkBack. Have fun.

Topics: Open Source

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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