[TriLUG] writing about a OSS project you had nothing to do with
mattfrye at gmail.com
Tue Jun 5 15:50:58 EDT 2007
Having written about many open source projects, I observe the
1) give credit where credit is due. when I wrote about python, i made
sure to mention guido .
2) if you're writing a book about open source, it's nice to donate a
percentage of the proceeds to the project. you don't *have* to, but
they didn't *have* to make it open source.
3) include them. most developers or project leaders are unlikely to
write about their projects in the way you would write a book or an
article. interview them. get the facts straight.
Your editor can provide you with many more tidbits.
On 6/5/07, Greg Brown <gwbrown1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> So, Triluggers, I'm wondering would about the ethics of profiting through
> writing about a OSS project that you, yourself, had nothing to do with? Say
> I decide to write a book about any OSS project, say, SSH. Better yet, what
> about Small Business Network Management Using OpenNMS. That project is one
> that is managed locally. What if I did decide to write such a book? Could
> I be stopped or could the project pressure the publisher using their OSS
> licenses to have the book stopped? Or am I just free like the wind to write
> such a book and profit personally? For the purposes of this argument let's
> say I would keep all the money and not return any to the project (just for
> the sake of argument, people).
> What do you think? I can't imagine all the OSS related books were blessed
> by the specific OSS projects yet there seems to be something not quite right
> about it.
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