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The Comingled CodeOpen Source and Economic Development$
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Josh Lerner and Mark Schankerman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014632

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014632.001.0001

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The Supply Side: Comingling Open Source and Proprietary Software

The Supply Side: Comingling Open Source and Proprietary Software

(p.61) 4 The Supply Side: Comingling Open Source and Proprietary Software
The Comingled Code

Josh Lerner

Mark Schankerman

The MIT Press

This chapter evaluates the hypothesis that open source software can potentially help promote technological innovation. It analyzes the potential to open source software solve the tension between the need to provide firms and individuals with the incentive to innovate and the desirability of encouraging widespread use of cutting-edge technologies and examines the development and marketing of software. The analysis indicates that most firms extensively blend the development of open source and proprietary software, rather than specializing in one or the other and that they diversify between open source and proprietary software in other dimensions as well.

Keywords:   open source software, technological innovation, incentive to innovate, cutting-edge technologies, proprietary software

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