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Computing quote Amanda Brock, CEO on Elastic’s move to proprietary licensing for cloud providers

Amy Howlett
11th February 2021

“Permissive licensing is a kind of open source licensing. That’s not what we are seeing here,” said Amanda Brock, CEO of OpenUK, a not-for-profit which advocates for open technology. “Let’s be really clear – its’ a move from open to proprietary as a consequence of a failed business model decision.

“Elastic should have thought their revenue model through up front. By the time the team made the decision to open source their code, the platform economy existed and their decisions to open source ought to have been aligned to an appropriate business model.”

Brock added. “We have to remember open source is a licensing model and a social movement not a business plan.”

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