news broke yesterday that Disney acquired Lucasfilm, including the Star Wars franchise, from its single shareholder, George Lucas. Good for George Lucas. Collecting 4 big ones like that is truly a payoff for a career well done.So what does the fact that the House of Mouse now owns a story from a long time ago in a galaxy far away mean for open source? In truth, probably not much at this time, but as a geek, how can you not be interested in this story?Actually there is a potential open source angle that I will cover before I dive in to some of the other stuff. Over the past year or so Disney has shown a benevolent side towards open source, releasing some libraries and software from Disney Animation and Disney-owned Pixar to the open source community. Part of the treasure trove that Disney bought with its $4 billion is the Industrial Light and Magic and Skywalker Sound divisions of Lucasfilm. Both of these entities have significant IP that could indeed find their way into the open source community in the months and years to come. Let’s hope so.But enough about open source for now. How do you feel about this deal?… Read full this story
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