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open source software, a brief survey of the economics of

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  • Chaim Fershtman
  • Neil Gandal

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The open source model is a form of software development in which the source code is made available, free of charge, to all interested parties; further users have the right to modify and extend the program. Open source software (OSS) methods rely on developers who reveal the source code under an open source licence. Under certain types of open source licence, any further development using the source code must also be publicly disclosed. In this brief survey, we will focus on several key aspects of open source software.

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  • Chaim Fershtman & Neil Gandal, 2011. "open source software, a brief survey of the economics of," The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:dofeco:v:5:year:2011:doi:3855
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    1. Llanes, Gastón & de Elejalde, Ramiro, 2013. "Industry equilibrium with open-source and proprietary firms," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 36-49.

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    Keywords

    digital content; intrinsic motivation; licences; open source software; R&D;

    JEL classification:

    • L17 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Open Source Products and Markets
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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