[OOTB-hive] "Keep SPP IP proprietary"

Richard Esplin richard.esplin at alfresco.com
Tue Jun 16 06:10:32 BST 2015

Thank you for the feedback, it is very useful.

I just want to highlight that ALF-21304 is part of Epic ALF-21295. This is a 
proposal, and has not yet been approved by management.

There were some concerns about my making the issues public, but I considered 
it important to explain the concerns some members of the team have about open 
sourcing AOS.

One concern with the proposal was that members of the team feared the open 
source community would not appreciate a closed source module in Community 
Edition. It is good to know that many of you feel that is a reasonable 
approach for us to take. I want to make Community Edition as full-featured as 
possible, even if we are not able to release all of the code. I can see us 
taking this approach with other add-ons that are currently Enterprise-only. 
However, I think it is important that any proprietary modules in Community 
Edition be optional and that the open source product be robust and useful 
without them.

Thank you again for the feedback.


Richard Esplin
Product Manager, Alfresco Community Edition
Tel: +1 801 855 0866
Mobile: +1 801 735 4220
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On Monday, June 15, 2015 23:29:56 Martin Cosgrave wrote:
> Hey all
> Here's an interesting JIRA ticket
> https://issues.alfresco.com/jira/browse/ALF-21304
> The story is "As an Alfresco executive, I want to preserve the most
> valuable portion of the SharePoint Protocol library as proprietary
> Intellectual Property so that it cannot be used by our competitors."
> I think the approach they've taken is pretty good, they know they cannot
> actually protect their IP from copying and misuse in this way, but
> nonetheless they can give it to us in this form anyway, content with
> "sending a signal" about how it should be used.
> I'm very encouraged by this and I think it shows a great deal of good faith.
> I would be very interested in opinions in either direction about it.
> Cheers
> Martin
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