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From pesce...@apache.org
Subject svn commit: r1663093 - /openoffice/ooo-site/trunk/content/why/why_compliance.mdtext
Date Sun, 01 Mar 2015 12:25:45 GMT
Author: pescetti
Date: Sun Mar  1 12:25:44 2015
New Revision: 1663093

URL: http://svn.apache.org/r1663093
Log:
Rewrite the page as discussed on the dev list.

Modified:
    openoffice/ooo-site/trunk/content/why/why_compliance.mdtext

Modified: openoffice/ooo-site/trunk/content/why/why_compliance.mdtext
URL: http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/openoffice/ooo-site/trunk/content/why/why_compliance.mdtext?rev=1663093&r1=1663092&r2=1663093&view=diff
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--- openoffice/ooo-site/trunk/content/why/why_compliance.mdtext (original)
+++ openoffice/ooo-site/trunk/content/why/why_compliance.mdtext Sun Mar  1 12:25:44 2015
@@ -16,65 +16,69 @@ Notice:    Licensed to the Apache Softwa
            specific language governing permissions and limitations
            under the License.
 
-##Software License Compliance Costs
+##The Apache OpenOffice Compliance Advantages
 
-<p style="font-weight: bold; color: red";>
-  Disclaimer:
-  <br/><br/>
-  Please note that this page expresses the opinion of individuals.
-  It does either not reflect the opinion of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
-  nor the Project Management Committee (PMC) of the Apache OpenOffice project (AOO)
-  as a whole.
-</p>
+As you probably already know, you don't own software in the same way
+you own a chair or a desk.  Instead, you license the software from
+the publisher; this gives you permission to use the software, but
+only under terms specified by the license.
+
+In the case of Apache OpenOffice, this license is the
+[Apache Software License 2.0][1], a free and open source software
+license. Like other open source licenses, the Apache License explicitly
+allows you to copy and redistribute the covered product, without any
+license fees or royalties.
+
+The Apache License is a permissive license: companies and individual
+developers who create derivative products of OpenOffice can do so
+free of any constraints on the license to apply to the derivative
+product they release.
+
+This makes OpenOffice an excellent choice for users and developers who
+want to avoid compliance woes and related risks and costs.
+
+##For Users: Reduced Software License Compliance Costs
+
+In the case of commercial software, the licensing terms typically say
+how many users or PC's may access the software.  The terms might even
+include a clause allowing the vendor to audit your usage of the
+software.
+
+In order to avoid the expense and penalties of an audit from the
+Business Software Alliance (BSA), including those originated by
+employees turning in their employer for software piracy, organizations
+are increasingly adopting Software Asset Management (SAM) practices to
+ensure that their use of commercial software complies with the
+applicable licenses.  These practices generally include employee
+education along with the purchase of software to track licenses and
+software use within the organization.
+
+The combined cost of these SAM practices is the "cost of compliance"
+for using commercial proprietary software products.  It is an expense
+that does not make your organization more productive.  It is purely risk
+mitigation.  Along with license, maintenance and training costs, it is
+one of the expenses of using commercial software.
+
+Open source software like Apache OpenOffice, instead, comes with a
+license that explicitly permits free redistribution.  This reduces
+the cost of compliance for many organizations, since tracking
+application usage is not needed.
+
+##For Developers: Reduced Constraints on Derivative Products
+
+The permissive nature of the Apache License means that developers and
+companies distributing derivative products needn't worry about
+combining their code with the OpenOffice code and releasing derivative
+products under their license of choice.
+
+The Apache License has no propagative (or "copyleft", or "viral")
+effects, i.e., it does not influence the license of the derivative
+product: if you base your product on source code distributed under the
+Apache License you have no legal obligation of releasing the entire
+source code tree to the users of the program. All that is required is an
+attribution of the Apache Licensed source code.
 
-The software industry watchdog, the Business Software Alliance, [offers cash rewards][1]
to disgruntled employees who confidentially turn in their 
-employer (or ex-employer) for software piracy.
-  
-They call this campaign, "Bust your Boss!"  Rewards can range up to $1 million.
+The Apache License thus reduces the need for employee education, the
+frequency of internal audits, the intensity of internal audits.
 
-As you probably already know, you don't own software in the same way you own a chair or a
desk.  Instead, you license the software from the publisher, and this license gives you
-permission to use the software, but only under terms specified by the license.  These terms
typically say how many users or PC's may access the software.  The terms might even include
-a clause allowing the vendor to audit your usage of the software.
-
-In order to avoid the expense and penalties of a BSA audit, organizations are increasingly
adopting Software Asset Management (SAM) practices to ensure that their use of commercial

-software complies with the applicable licenses.  These practices generally include employee
education along with the purchase of software to track licenses and software use within 
-the organization.
-
-The combined cost of these SAM practices is the "cost of compliance" for using commercial
software.  It is an expense that does not make your organization more productive, does not

-benefit your customers and adds nothing to the bottom line. It is purely risk mitigation.
 Along with license, maintenance and training costs, it is one of the expenses of using
-commercial software.
-
-
-##Open Source Compliance Costs
-
-As opposed to commercial software licenses, open source software have licenses that explicitly
permit free redistribution.  This reduces the cost of compliance for many
-organizations, since tracking application usage is not needed.
-
-However, organizations that use open source software and also develop and distribute their
own proprietary software, can find themselves in trouble due to the viral nature (copyleft)
-of some open source licenses.  If one of your employees or contractors inadvertently includes
some copyleft code in your proprietary product, then you could be required by that license
-to make the source code for your entire product freely available to the public.
-
-This is not just a theoretical concern.  As aggressively as the BSA protects the interests
of its commercial members, the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) protects the GPL license

-in [high-profile lawsuits against large corporations][2].  The Free Software Foundation (FSF),
in their [November 2012 Bulletin][4], writes about their expansion of 
-"active license enforcement".
-
-So the cost of compliance with copyleft code can be even greater than the use of proprietary
software, since an organization risks being forced to make the source code
-for their proprietary product public and available for anyone to use, free of charge.  To
mitigate this risk requires more employee education, more approval cycles, more internal audits

-and more worries.  This is the increased cost of compliance when copyleft software is brought
into an organization.  This is not necessarily a bad thing.  It is just the reality of 
-using open source software under these licenses, and must be weighed in considered as one
cost-driver among many.
-
-
-##The Apache Advantage
-
-However, not all open source licenses are copyleft license.  A subset of open source 
-licenses, generally called "permissive" licenses, are much more friendly for corporate use.
 These licenses include the MIT and BSD licenses, as well as the 
-[Apache License 2.0][3] that we use for Apache OpenOffice.
-
-Like other open source licenses, the Apache License explicitly allows you to copy and redistribute
the covered product, without any license fees or royalties.  But because it is a
-permissive license, it also allows you to prepare and distribute derivative products, without
requiring you to make your own source code public.  So both BSA and SFLC/FSF risks
-are eliminated, and the cost, to your business, of license compliance is greatly reduced.
-
-[1]: https://reporting.bsa.org/r/report/add.aspx?src=us
-[2]: http://www.softwarefreedom.org/news/2009/dec/14/busybox-gpl-lawsuit/
-[3]: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
-[4]: http://www.fsf.org/bulletin/2012/fall/why-gpl-compliance-work-matters
+[1]: http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0



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