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dc.contributor.authorvon Engelhardt, Sebastianen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-10en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-11T09:31:08Z-
dc.date.available2012-04-11T09:31:08Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/56899-
dc.description.abstractFor a decade, economists have been fascinated by the phenomenon of open source software (OSS). OSS is marked by free access to the software and its source code. It is developed in a public, collaborative manner by thousands of non-paid volunteers as well as profit seeking firms. Today, OSS is well established in the ICT sector and represents a new intellectual property paradigm. This paper provides an introduction into the topic OSS versus closed source software (CSS, also called proprietary software). After a brief history of OSS and CSS, the differences between the open and the closed source principles and the basic logic of OSS business models are explained. Next, the paper presents what economists know about the OSS phenomena, i.e. gives an overview of the motives of the (non-paid) OSS developers, the institutions of OSS, the effects of OSS on competition, the incentives and role of firms, and finally of open source principle beyond software.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherUniv. [u.a.] Jenaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJena economic research papers 2011,005en_US
dc.subject.jelL17en_US
dc.subject.jelO34en_US
dc.subject.jelL86en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordopen sourceen_US
dc.subject.keywordopen source softwareen_US
dc.subject.keywordintellectual property rightsen_US
dc.subject.keywordinformation and communications technologiesen_US
dc.subject.stwOpen Sourceen_US
dc.subject.stwImmaterialgüterrechteen_US
dc.subject.stwInformationstechniken_US
dc.titleWhat economists know about open source software its basic principles and research resultsen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn646152556en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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