The Internet lights its torches
There has been a lot of buzz around the Internet lately regarding Disney’s view of Open Source software after a bizarrely scripted episode of Shake It Up, a run-of-the-mill, Saturday morning style sitcom for tweens. The Internet at large reacted to the show’s small segment with a torrent of negativity, calling Disney “Brainwashers”.
We even reported on the segment here at The Powerbase, implying that long-term harm may have been done to tarnish the image of Open Source in the minds of the youths that may have been watching the program. For reference, here is the clip and a script:
Boy: “Did you use open source code to save time, and the virus was hidden in it?”
Boy: “Rookie mistake!”
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For your consideration
Now, it’s easy to form a witch-hunt, especially when you get to spit on a multi-billion dollar corporation that doesn’t always act in the best interests of the consuming public. It’s also a great excuse for a little yellow journalism, which we are also guilty of as a publication. But sometimes it’s good to take a step back and get the truth. That’s what we’ve learned thanks to reader joker159.
In his comment, he brought to light the actual contribution of Disney within the Open Source community and places the blame on those responsible for the production of the show. I couldn’t agree with him more.
Walt Disney Studios claims ownership of 7 Open Source projects. From that page:
Open Source Software has a special meaning for Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS). The Studio has a deep history of technological innovation, ranging from pioneering the use of digital methods for creating hand-drawn animation using the Academy Award® winning software, CAPS, to developing 3D painting and rendering techniques in Deep Canvas, also Academy Award® winning software. Through the years, the Studio has continued to innovate in all aspects of creating animated works. As the state of the industry has changed, allowing Open Source Software to become a common foundation for many technologies, WDAS has championed the use of and now contributes to such software. In short, we want to contribute back to the community; therefore, we have established this platform. We encourage you to investigate and use the technologies we are sharing. We also very much welcome your collaboration and contribution in these areas.
Read more about Ptex, BRDF Explorer, Se*Expr(), Reposado, Partio, Munki and Dynamica at the source link below.