26 October 2017
Does open source software eliminate the need for the deposit of source codes?
Open source software can contain proprietary modules
Many open source licenses provide for strict copyleft rules. This means that all versions of the software are subject to the same license as the original license, and combinations with proprietary software modules are not possible under normal license conditions. In the case of open source licenses with strict copyleft rules, the conclusion of a deposit agreement with an independent escrow agent is actually unnecessary as the customer can request the source code from the provider at any time. If open source licenses only have weak copyleft rules, there will continue to be a need for the source code to be deposited for the proprietary software modules.