Open Source and Open Standards: The Unseen Conflict


Open source software is software that can be used for any purpose by anyone without the need to negotiate with the rights holders. Open standards on the other hand are standards created in a process accessible on the same terms by everyone, but potentially with Standard-Essential Patents (SEPs) associated and with fees to even read the standard. While the potential of both “Opens” is strong, in reality there is an underlying conflict between them that is growing in importance as the business of traditionally SEP-centric companies relies more and more on software. This talk will explain the issues, suggest ways to address the conflict and outline work OSI is doing on behalf of the open source community.