Is it an Open Source Video Editor or not?
A lot of people including the author of this post are taken astray by things like KDEnlive and such but fail to address the MAIN reason of this post:
Is Lightworks an Open Source Video Editor? Yes or No?
The answer is NO.
Everything else you want to bring in the mix is for another time.
Lightworks plans are that it WILL BE EVENTUALLY open source.
That is great news.
But right now, at this moment, you can NOT call Lightworks an Open Source editor.
Which makes your title Is-Not-As-Open-As-Some-Would-Like very transparent putting the onus on the accusers rather than on the claim of Open Source Video Editor.
To be honest, the Edithshare folks are not the ones who refer to Lightworks as an Open Source video editor but rather the sharp as always FLOSS press.
The Edithshare damage control guy who is in the comment section even says it, they are not an Open Source Video Editor.
At worst they do a lite 'open washing' thats all. They never say they are Open Source but they throw in meaningless terminologies like The Lightworks Open Source initiative and The groundbreaking Lightworks Open Source project and thats a lot of Open Sourcey titles for something they dont claim is Open Source yet.
Welcome to Open Washing. Same principle as with Green.
Look, most likely this will never come through and the world will never get to see their brilliant code. They will keep it closed and simply sell a top notch video editors for Linux for those that really need it (are 85% of web users still considering themselves Web Creators because they have a hacked version of Photoshop?). I have no problems with that.
Thats a great thing for Linux I mean I use Skype every day on Linux because not all my video contacts are on Gmail. I buy Linux games.
Lightworks is welcome to make business in Linux land. It is not illegal. It is welcomed. I hope Adobe does as well.
We need Lightworks because it theoretically allows the minute group that is involved in that technology to have high quality programs.
But we also NEED true open source projects like KDEnlive from which other free-open software editors can take ideas and code and back and forth as opposed to the Googlefied version of top down open source communities should look like.
I dont foresee Lightworks every being that.
Which is fine.
It can be the nice fancy closed souce Linux program.
Thats part of a healthy Linux eco-system which is based and built on open code and standards but can be a business ground for pay software.