Guarding the commons: how community managed software projects protect their work

by Siobhán O’Mahony

Abstract/Summary

Theorists often speculate why open source and free software project contributors give their work away. Although contributors make their work publicly available, they do not forfeit their rights to it. Community managed software projects protect their work by using several legal and normative tactics, which should not be conflated with a disregard for or neglect of intellectual property rights. These tactics allow a project’s intellectual property to be publicly and freely available and yet, governable. Exploration of this seemingly contradictory state may provide new insight into governance models for the management of digital intellectual property.

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http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.190.8325&rep=rep1&type=pdf

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0048-7333(03)00048-9

Citation

Siobhán, O’Mahony: Guarding the commons: how community managed software projects protect their work, Research Policy 32(7), 1179–1198, 2003

BIBTeX

@Article{
        title = "Guarding the commons: how community managed software projects protect their work",
        author = "O’Mahony, Siobh{\'a}n",
        journal = "Research Policy",
        pages = "1179--1198",
        volume = "32",
        number = "7",
        year = "2003",
        issn = "0048-7333",
        url = "http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048733303000489",
        doi = "10.1016/S0048-7333(03)00048-9"
}

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