By David Richards | Friday | 17/04/2009 A major debate has broken out in the USA as to who owns the source code in a home automation system after an administrator to a failed CEDIA member organisation tried to sell automation code in an effort to recover money. The debate which is set to have implications in Australia following the collapse Companies like Switched On Living and of late Advanced Living both CEDIA members who owned the code to several multimillion dollar projects has ignited a major issue in light of the tough economic conditions which is seeing several CEDIA members struggle to survive.
For a consumer the debate has massive ramifications as all they are left with without the code is worthless home automation gear that cannot be changed or re configured.
The debate blew up after Baumeister major home integration Company in the USA abruptly closed its doors in February, taking with it the Crestron code that belonged to its clients.
Within weeks the administrator for Baumeister was auctioning the code to th3e highest bidder in a move that has angered both clients and other CEDIA members.
According to CEPro Magazine the highest bid is currently at $55,000.