I thought I'd post a note here about an upcoming addendum in the license which AskoziaPBX is distributed under. Any changes to the license of an Open Source project are quite sensitive so I want to make sure its purpose and side-effects are well understood.
A third condition is being added to our current BSD based license which reads:
3. Redistribution in any form at a charge, that in whole or in part contains or is derived from the software, including but not limited to value added products, is prohibited without prior written consent of tecema (a.k.a IKT).
This basically means: if you are selling a product based on AskoziaPBX, we want to know about it. It gives us legal ground to require those directly profiting from the firmware to be in contact with us.
This does not mean there is automatically a licensing charge for the software. It only means they must have our written consent. Admittedly, we wish to work together with these companies so that some of their revenue can flow back into the project and ensure its financial stability. However, this will be decided on a case-by-case basis. At least we will have contact with these entities and also gather feedback on how AskoziaPBX is being used and marketed in the "real world."
This addendum protects the project. Since starting in 2007, it has been fully funded by IKT. I work on it full-time and there are also now others working full and part-time to keep up with the load. This costs a lot of money. I cannot give an exact number but, at this point, AskoziaPBX represents a investment of more than €200,000. It is now a very professional product, attractive to consumer hardware manufacturers and it could simply be taken advantage of. Without this addendum we would then have no mechanism to seek a piece of the profits they are generating from our investment.
For you: the user, the developer, the IT installer, etc. nothing has changed. AskoziaPBX remains a free Open Source project. This is key to its survival. You, the community around the project, are an invaluable piece of this project. Closing the source is not an option at all.
Also, for me, this project is my passion and hobby turned job. I'm very lucky to be getting paid for doing something I love and want to make sure this is a sustainable endeavor.
I welcome any feedback about this change. Which questions do you have? Which cases are still unclear?