Violation Type:Commercial Conflict of Interest in Stewardship

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Violation Type
OSSCOI

Commercial Conflict of Interest in Stewardship

Violation InstanceViolator
Asterisk VoIP SoftPBX/V1Asterisk VoIP SoftPBX
Nginx Web Server/OSSCOINginx Web Server


An organization which is the steward for an open source project manages that project in a way that services a conflict of interest between the organization and the open source community surrounding the project.

A common example would be where an organization sells closed-source addons for the software, and then refuses any patches by external contributors implementing the same functionality. Essentially the project is handicapped to service a conflict of interest. Thus the organization's stewardship provides negative value to the surrounding community, relative to any alternative steward.