Is the General Public Licence a Rational Choice?

Arnold Polanski

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Industrial Economics
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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