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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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Assessing Government Policies toward Software

Assessing Government Policies toward Software

(p.157) 6 Assessing Government Policies toward Software
The Comingled Code

Josh Lerner

Mark Schankerman

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on government policies on computer software. It examines how a government can develop a framework that facilitates the competitive interactions between open source and proprietary software in a manner that boosts efficiency and innovation. It analyzes arguments for why the government should support open source software and suggests that when it comes to regulation, governments should encourage vigorous competition between open and proprietary software. This chapter also argues that the government should play a lead role in providing information about the features of different types of software to consumers.

Keywords:   computer software, government policies, open source software, proprietary software, competitive interactions

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