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The Success of Open Source

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Much of the innovative programming that powers the Internet, creates operating systems, and produces software is the result of "open source" code, that is, code that is freely distributed--as opposed to being kept secret--by those who write it. Leaving source code open has generated some of the most sophisticated developments in computer technology, including, most notably, Linux and Apache, which pose a significant challenge to Microsoft in the marketplace. As Steven Weber discusses, open source's success in a highly competitive industry has subverted many assumptions about how businesses are run, and how intellectual products are created and protected.

Traditionally, intellectual property law has allowed companies to control knowledge and has guarded the rights of the innovator, at the expense of industry-wide cooperation. In turn, engineers of new software code are richly rewarded; but, as Weber shows, in spite of the conventional wisdom that innovation is driven by the promise of individual and corporate wealth, ensuring the free distribution of code among computer programmers can empower a more effective process for building intellectual products. In the case of Open Source, independent programmers--sometimes hundreds or thousands of them--make unpaid contributions to software that develops organically, through trial and error.

Weber argues that the success of open source is not a freakish exception to economic principles. The open source community is guided by standards, rules, decisionmaking procedures, and sanctioning mechanisms. Weber explains the political and economic dynamics of this mysterious but important market development.

Synopsis:

As Weber shows, in spite of the conventional wisdom that innovation isdriven by the promise of individual and corporate wealth, ensuring the free distribution of codeamong computer programmers can empower a more effective process for building intellectualproducts. In the case of Open Source, independent programmers make unpaid contributions tosoftware that develops organically, through trial and error. Weber argues that the success ofopen source is not a freakish exception to economic principles and explains the political andeconomic dynamics of this mysterious but important market development.

About the Author

Steven Weberis Professor of Political Science, <>University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Property and the Problem of Software

2. The Early History of Open Source

3. What Is Open Source and How Does It Work?

4. A Maturing Model of Production

5. Explaining Open Source: Microfoundations

6. Explaining Open Source: Macro-Organization

7. Business Models and the Law

8. The Code That Changed the World?

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674012929
Author:
Weber, Steven
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Law
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Open source software
Subject:
Miscellaneous Software
Subject:
Industries - Computer Industry
Copyright:
Series Volume:
97/102
Publication Date:
April 2004
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 line illustrations
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1.35 lb

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