By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Linux and Open Source | August 17, 2021 -- 11:43 GMT (04:43 PDT) | Topic: Social Enterprise
With over a billion users, TikTok owns the short video content market. It became the leader because it was the right service at the right time for hundreds of millions of bored people who wanted a smile. But, without Linux and open-source software, it wouldn't have gone anywhere. ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, knows this. So, it's not too much of a surprise that the business has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN).
The OIN, the world's largest patent non-aggression consortium, protects Linux and related open-source software and the companies behind them from patent attacks and patent trolls. The OIN recently broadened its scope from core Linux programs and adjacent open-source code by expanding its Linux System Definition to other patents such as the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and the Extended File Allocation Table exFAT file system.