Advogato.org: "Should governments require companies discontinuing products, release the source code?
The request for the opening of the BeOS source, made me think further about the nature of computer products.
IBM appears to be discontinuing the SanFrancisco project, which is a massive Java product, for developing custom financial systems.
Palm appears to be about to discontinue BeOS.
HP is discontinuing OpenMail support (and this one's been discussed to death).
I think there should be a legal requirement to give up the code to discontinued products."