With its Open Screen Project, Adobe has removed licensing restrictions on its Flash technology, according to ZDNet blogger Ed Burnette. The source code is still proprietary, but the company has published the SWF specification for the Flash player's format, as well as the device porting layer APIs, which can now be used free of charge. Burnette quotes Adobe's Ryan Stewart:
Previously, in order to look at the SWF specification you had to sign a licensing agreement not to use it to create competing players, but in the interest of expanding the reach of the Flash Player we're removing all of those restrictions.
Adobe reports that ARM, Cisco, Intel, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Qualcomm, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Verizon Wireless are some of the companies participating in the project, which will "go a long way" to alleviate vendor lock-in fears, Burnette says.
"While it's unlikely that the open source players will ever catch up to the performance and features in the official Adobe player, it's nice to have the option to get the technology from multiple places in case something happens to Adobe..."