In this day and age, collaboration is in large one of the effects that is most helpful to the internet community. The open ended developer agreement with apple is the greatest thing to happen to the iPhone. The greatest thing about the iPhone many people say is the fact that “there’s an app for everything”. The reason there’s an app for everything? People with a niche to fill or a need to fill can fill it for the people wanting that item because apple allows people to use and see their coding for the iPhone, and write programs that will work with it and utilize its features for the application.
This is a commonplace thing among the nerdier and older users of the internet, in large the users of the open source community pertaining to Linux/Unix. These are operating systems that entirely are open source and people can create them to look and operate however they want. And even after the system is built, the user can then decide what they want it to look like and do within the system itself. It is always open and always changing.
The difference between the Linux world and the app store for the iPhone is the fact that with the iPhone store there is a point in which ownership and claim comes into play. This point is when the maker of the application decided that it is his work that he did personally and he should have credit and/or money for the application. In no way does that usually come into play with the Linux world, but with applications you are free to create a program, but not always to edit one that is already made.
This is a heated topic in the world of computing, music, and otherwise. When and where do you get the rights to what you’re doing? As soon as possible, draw up blueprints, send yourself an email, do something to prove that you DID THIS at a CERTAIN TIME. That is crucial to claiming that it was your idea. It must also have a witness, sometimes certified in nature. Look these things up.
And if your computer is not protected, your wireless not encrypted, people can literally snatch the information out of the air or off of your computer. This could financially ruin you, or destroy the possibility of making money or notoriety off of a program or idea. This happened to the creator of Napster.
If you have any questions, ask the Pros.