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IS THE GENERAL PUBLIC LICENCE A RATIONAL CHOICE? -super-

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Open source projects are networks of developers, distributors and end-users of non-proprietary created knowledge goods. It has been argued that this form of organization has some advantages over the firm or market coordination. I show that for sufficiently convex and modular projects, proprietary licences are not able to sustain sequential knowledge production which, however, can be carried out if the project is run on the open source basis. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

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  • Arnold Polanski, 2007. "IS THE GENERAL PUBLIC LICENCE A RATIONAL CHOICE? -super-," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 55(4), pages 691-714, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:55:y:2007:i:4:p:691-714
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    1. Engelhardt, Sebastian v. & Freytag, Andreas, 2013. "Institutions, culture, and open source," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 95(C), pages 90-110.
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