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Open-Source Software Development and Distributed Innovation

Bruce Kogut and Anca Metiu

Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 2001, vol. 17, issue 2, 248-264

Abstract: Open-source software development is a production model that exploits the distributed intelligence of participants in Internet communities. This model is efficient because of two related reasons: it avoids the inefficiencies of a strong intellectual property regime and it implements concurrently design and testing of software modules. The hazard of open source is that projects can 'fork' into competing versions. However, open-source communities consist of governance structures that constitutionally minimize this danger. Because open source works in a distributed environment, it presents an opportunity for developing countries to participate in frontier innovation. Copyright 2001, Oxford University Press.

Date: 2001
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