Patterns of Free Revealing – Balancing Code Sharing and Protection in Commercial Open Source Development

@inproceedings{Henkel2004PatternsOF,
  title={Patterns of Free Revealing – Balancing Code Sharing and Protection in Commercial Open Source Development},
  author={Joachim Henkel},
  year={2004}
}
Commercial firms increasingly contribute to the development of open source software (OSS). However, a conflict often arises between the requirements of the General Public License to make “derived work” available, and firms’ interest to protect their intellectual property embodied in the code. If there are ways to mitigate or solve this conflict, the conditions under which OSS will be an appealing solution to firms become much more general. This paper is the first to provide a quantitative… CONTINUE READING
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