I've just read through this topic to get the latest news about Genie Scout, and I noticed the discussions about releasing Genie Scout as open source, so that other developers can help with the work on this great tool.
I actually think that Genie has to release his scout as open source, the reson for this is that the original CM Scout by Nygreen, which Genie Scout is based on, was released under a GPL license, as can be seen here
The way I understand the GPL license it means that if you take the source code from a GPL application, like CM Scout, add your own additional features and release a new application, like Genie Scout, then you also have to release your modified source code. If you don't do this then you are actually breaking the terms of the GPL license, and can in fact risk a lawsuit.
Obviously by now Genie Scout is very very different from the original CM Scout that it was based on, because of all the changes that Genie has made. But I don't think this makes any difference when the original was released under the GPL license, it just means that Genie should have been releasing the source code for every version of Genie Scout.
I don't think that Genie will get sued, in fact I think it would have to be Nygreen suing him, so Genie will never be forced to release the source code, and that wouldn't be fair anyway, considering the amount of work he has put into this tool for the community.
I just thought I would post this here to point out that it seems Nygreen released the source code for CM Scout to the community with the intent that the community could add extra features and share these new features with the rest of the community. Genie did add a lot of extra features and released Genie Scout to the community, but he hasn't allowed the community to add to his work like Nygreen did, and I think this is a real shame.