Introduction Edit

Open core business models are difficult from community perspective. The underlying problems are that

  • The company needs to create proprietary add-ons (or and "Enterprise Edition") to generate revenue streams
  • The company wants to protect it's intellectual property from competitors by using a copyleft license

These two factors necessitate the use of contributor license agreements, which in turn significantly reduces the amount of community contributions. This caused by the added barriers to entry, as well conflicts of interest.

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