What is "proprietary"?
By blogfinger on Apr 06, 2007
"Proprietary" - what's that? When looking it up on the web, one can find various definitions for it:
- In the Proprietary article on Wikipedia, proprietary components are defined as "components that are unique to a specific manufacturer, and do not conform to preset standards"
- AskOxford defines it as a product "marketed under a registered trade name".
- The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines it as "something that is used, produced, or marketed under exclusive legal right of the inventor or maker".
- In Wiktionary, proprietary is defined as "Manufactured exclusively by the owner of intellectual property rights, as with a patent or trade secret".
- proprietary software is defined in Wikipedia as "software with restrictions on using, copying and modifying as enforced by the proprietor".
- And Webopedia tells us that "proprietary is the opposite of open", and that "it also implies that the company has not divulged specifications that would allow other companies to duplicate the product."
So who has the definition power for the word "proprietary"?
And: Does anyone believe that OpenSPARC and OpenSolaris are proprietary?