Sebastian von Engelhardt

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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)
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)
§ Financial support from the KLAUS TSCHIRA FOUNDATION is gratefully acknowledged. as well as the participants of the DFG Graduate School 'The Economics of Innovative Change' in Jena for valuable comments and suggestions. In particular we would like to thank The paper analyzes the impact of institutional and cultural factors on a remarkable economic(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 non-and 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(More)
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