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Old 22 April 2015, 10:07   #108
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Originally Posted by JimDrew View Post
I can't imagine why any real developer would just give away years worth of work for free. I would rather delete my source than turn it over to open source.
Well that's your prerogative, of course - the code is yours to do with as you wish.

Besides the potential lost revenue, some nut will change your code to do something that was not part of your plan for the direction of the product (I have seen this happen a few times already).
Yeah, that's kind of the *point* of open source - freefrom to adapt software to purposes unforseen by or uninteresting to the original developer.

The commercial developers should keep their code so that product's integrity remains.
Playing devil's advocate here: you can protect the product's integrity and brand identity through trademark law (cf. Firefox / Iceweasel).
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