Do open source agreements work?
Open source agreements working on principles similar to BiOS have been widely applicable to software development protected under copyright or patents. This is a model that has worked very well for the creation of robust operating systems and products contributed to by thousands of programmers, and by profitable businesses such as IBM, Intel, Nokia, Sun, Apple and countless small and medium-sized companies.
In open source software agreements, the source code for computer programs is available under the terms of the license to others who agree to these terms so that it can rapidly evolve with many users involved in debugging it and further modifying it to develop other products to suit people's needs. The original developer of the technology benefits, and so does anyone that improves it, because improvements can be tested and implemented rapidly.