What if, for some reason an open source project disgusts a huge company to the level they would do anything to get rid of it. Could they terminate the project? How?
I just showed an open source project to my brother. This project is a free alternative to some expensive programs. My brother asked, why aren't the companies get rid of this software if it causes less revenue for them.
The project: https://github.com/OptiKey/OptiKey
The project in the words of the creator: "It is designed to be used with an eye-tracking device to bring keyboard control, mouse control and speech to people with motor and speech limitations"
I don't know how big are the companies who created the paid software, and I assume this project probably not worth the trouble. Would probably cost more money to get rid of, than to accept the loss of revenue. Let's say for some reason there is a company, who would do anything to get rid of this project, and have the resources to do so.
They could "invite" the author and then "convince" him to remove the project from everywhere. On the way home he could have an "accident". Of course there are many people involved in the project now. They could resurrect it in short time.
Could they send lawyers against the project?
Could they silently remove the author, and put somebody in place, who slowly but surely makes the project worse and worse over time, until nobody is interested in it?
Could they make a bad reputation against the project somehow? like the ice lobby did against an "ice making machine"? Is something similar possible today?
I would really like to know if someone enough power could possibly get rid of an open source project this popular.
If a company couldn't, could the USA get rid of this project without getting suspicious?