Tuesday, May 31, 2005

open sourcing extinct products.

Among announcements that Kodak is stopping the production of its 8mm color film, one voice seems missing. Why does not Kodak just transfer the know-how or at least grant non-exclusive license for this film under creative commons or similar license? May be Kodak cannot make money on this film, but some smaller company could?

It would be nice if the government (US or some other) would even allow some tax deduction for the value of contributing a formerly commerical product to the pool of free ideas. Still, with more and more of these feasable and useful technologies becoming commercially non-viable for the companies that initially invented them, it would make sense to move the intellectual property into a free and open arena.


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