Scott Peterson is a member of the Red Hat legal team. Long ago, an engineer asked Scott for legal advice on a curious document known as the GPL. That fateful question began a twisting path of exploration of the legal aspects of collaborative development, including both technical standards and open source software.

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Keep them simple and invest elsewhere.
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When software is distributed via container images, source code should be made available in order to ensure seamless compliance with licensing.
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Open source licensing is different for good reasons that support the collaborative development that makes open source so great.
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The difference has consequences for how we structure the development process.
forks

Although forking is undesirable, the potential for forking provides a discipline that drives people to find a way forward that works for everyone.