Even in 2021, I still hear individuals stating, “Open source is in some way suspicious, or it’s bad for company.” Multi-billion-dollar Chinese business understand much better. Bilibili has actually signed up with other Chinese innovation powerhouses such as ByteDance, TikTok’s moms and dad business, and its competitor Kuaishou, in signing up with the Open Invention Network (OIN)
The OIN is the world’s biggest patent non-aggression consortium. It safeguards Linux and associated open source software application and the business behind them from patent attacks and patent giants. The OIN just recently expanded its scope from core Linux programs and surrounding open source code by broadening its Linux System Definition to other patents such as the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and the Extended File Allocation Table exFAT file system.
The OIN does this by practicing patent non-aggression in core Linux and associated open source innovations by cross-licensing Linux System patents to one another on a royalty-free basis. Patents owned by OIN are likewise accredited royalty-free to any company that concurs not to assert its patents versus the Linux System. Any business can do this by merely signing the OIN license online
So, why is a business that makes its cash from offering its young content developers a platform allying with open source? For the very same factor, practically all business count on open source for their software application. It makes great, difficult monetary sense.
As Wang Hao, Bilibili’s VP, discussed, “We are devoted to opening and sharing innovations and supplying favorable inspiration in the development field of playback transmission, interactive home entertainment, and cloud-native ecology through open source jobs. Linux and open source are essential software application facilities that promote service advancements. Our involvement in the OIN neighborhood shows our constant and continuous dedication to shared development. In the future, we will likewise strongly support Linux’s open source development.”