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The Economics of Free and Open Source Software: Contributions to a Government Policy on Open Source Software

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  • Marcel Boyer

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  • Jacques Robert

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This 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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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Project Reports with number 2006rp-03.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2006
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirpro:2006rp-03

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Keywords: free software; intellectual property rights; free source code; open source code; free operating system; GPL licence; BSD licence; innovation; forking;

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  1. Josh Lerner & Jean Tirole, 2004. "The Economics of Technology Sharing: Open Source and Beyond," NBER Working Papers 10956, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Schmidt, Klaus M. & Schnitzer, Monika, 2003. "Public Subsidies for Open Source? Some Economic Policy Issues of the Software Market," CEPR Discussion Papers 3793, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  3. Lerner, Josh & Tirole, Jean, 2002. "Some Simple Economics of Open," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 50(2), pages 197-234, June.
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