The Political Economy of Open Source Software

Interesting investigation/analysis of the Open Source phenomenon. Quoting the author, “The problem of intellectual property rights is about creating incentives for innovators. … means of ‘protecting’ knowledge assure that economic rents are created and that some proportion of those rents can be appropriated by the innovator…Open Source software inverts this logic…Collaborative Open Source software projects such as Linux…have demonstrated…that a large, complex system of code can be built…in a non-proprietary setting…” Paper also includes a history of open source and a description of open source process.

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  1. paper raises three interesting questions for social scientists: 1. Motivation of Individuals; 2. Coordination; 3. Complexity; Excellent paper on what may turn out to be one of the most profound impacting catalyst on the new economy.

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