Sebastian von Engelhardt

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§ Financial support from the KLAUS TSCHIRA FOUNDATION is gratefully acknowledged. Furthermore, we would like to thank participants at the 13th Annual Conference of The International Society for New Institutional Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, 2009, the participants of the Mika Widgrèn Memorial Workshop on Rules, Games and Democracy(More)
Open source software (OSS) is marked by free access to the software and its source code. OSS is developed by a ‘community’ consisting of thousands of contributors from all over the world. Some research was undertaken in order to analyze how global the OSS community actually is, i.e. analyze the geographic origin of OSS developers. But as members of the OSS(More)
The economic characteristics of software and transaction costs explain, why closed source and open source software co-exist. It is about the efficient use of a nonand anti-scarce resource. But because of ex-post transaction costs that lead to information asymmetries, some property rights regarding the resource „source code“ are not exclusively separable.(More)
So-called open source software (OSS) is marked by free access to the software and its source code. Copyright-based OSS licenses permit users to use, change, improve and redistribute the software, which is designed and developed in a public, collaborative manner. High quality OSS products like Linux, Apache etc. are developed by thousands of volunteers, who(More)
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