The Economics of Free and Open Source Software: Contributions to a Government Policy on Open Source Software
AbstractThis document seeks to lay the groundwork for a government policy on free and open source software. We briefly characterize the extent of the open source software phenomenon. We analyse its pros and cons for the government, in its role as both an engine of economic development and a large user of information and communications technologies. We conclude with a series of recommendations for the government, as both “economic and industrial policy maker” and “large user.”
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free software; intellectual property rights; free source code; open source code; free operating system; GPL licence; BSD licence; innovation; forking;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2006-02-26 (All new papers)
- NEP-ICT-2006-02-26 (Information & Communication Technologies)
- NEP-INO-2006-02-26 (Innovation)
- NEP-NET-2006-02-26 (Network Economics)
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