The Economics of Technology Sharing: Open Source and Beyond

  title={The Economics of Technology Sharing: Open Source and Beyond},
  author={Jean Tirole and Josh Lerner},
  journal={Harvard Business School: Entrepreneurial Management Unit Working Paper Series},
  • J. Tirole, J. Lerner
  • Published 1 November 2004
  • Economics
  • Harvard Business School: Entrepreneurial Management Unit Working Paper Series
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