Sony Open-Sources Effects Software

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. Sony Pictures Imageworks has released a bunch of its in-house effects tools
    under a BSD licence <http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-327668.html>.

    Previously they would have looked on this code as a competitive trade
    secret. So why the change of heart?

    In the past, effects and digital animation companies have relied
    primarily on proprietary tools to give them a competitive advantage,
    according to Bredow.

    Currently, however, Imageworks is shifting to the wider use of
    freelancers in place of staff employees, and believes the broader use of
    its in-house tools could help make this shift easier, the company said.
    Open source could also help facilitate collaborations between different
    effects companies, Imageworks said.

    In other words, it was becoming too expensive and inflexible to keep
    everything in-house. By opening things up, they expect to gain more than
    they give away: a wider pool of potential hires who would be familiar with
    their software, and a greater opportunity for network effects with other
    software and other companies.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Aug 4, 2009
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