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The rise of open source licensing : a challenge to the use of intellectual property in the software industry

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Välimäki, Mikko
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-17T07:06:46Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-17T07:06:46Z
dc.date.issued 2005-06-03
dc.identifier.isbn 952-91-8779-3
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/2589
dc.description.abstract Open source software – from Linux to Firefox and MySQL database – has changed software business as we knew it. New start-ups have challenged industry heavyweights from Microsoft to Oracle with innovative copyright licensing strategies and courageous anti-patent policies. Almost every major software company has been forced to react to the commodification trend. The overall argument of the book is that open source licensing has indeed changed the ways the software industry thinks of and actually uses intellectual property. The thesis further argues that the implications of open source to the management of intellectual property are twofold. First, intellectual property infringement risks must be taken more seriously when open source software is used. This is because open source increases the negative effects from the continuous expansion of intellectual property rights. Second, "Internet-businesses" are finally breaking through into software markets. This means that the value of intellectual property increases from sharing but also becomes more complex to appropriate. Finally, this book argues that open source can have relevant implications on intellectual property rights policy. First, openness balances commercial regulation. Open licensing systems have proved how potential drawbacks from overregulation can be fixed without state intervention. Second, open source also emphasizes a more material study of intellectual property rights. When a substantial number of right holders in a given industry decide not to enforce their core intellectual property rights – relying on economic-rational arguments – the premises of the policy discussion can be seen in a new light. en
dc.format.extent ix, 253
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Helsinki University of Technology en
dc.publisher Teknillinen korkeakoulu fi
dc.subject.other Computer science en
dc.subject.other Law, Patents en
dc.title The rise of open source licensing : a challenge to the use of intellectual property in the software industry en
dc.type G4 Monografiaväitöskirja fi
dc.description.version reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Computer Science and Engineering en
dc.contributor.department Tietotekniikan osasto fi
dc.subject.keyword open source en
dc.subject.keyword software licensing en
dc.subject.keyword intellectual property en
dc.subject.keyword copyright en
dc.subject.keyword patents en
dc.identifier.urn urn:nbn:fi:tkk-005466
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (monografia) fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (monograph) en
dc.contributor.lab Laboratory of Software Business and Engineering en
dc.contributor.lab Ohjelmistoliiketoiminta ja -tuotanto SoberIT fi
local.aalto.digifolder Aalto_65483
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