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The Tao of Open Source: Minimum Action for Maximum Gain

Matthew D. Satchwell
Berkeley Technology Law Journal
Vol. 20, No. 4 (Fall 2005), pp. 1757-1798
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24117438
Page Count: 42
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Abstract

This Article denies the sharply diametric rhetoric characterizing the debate over the viability of open source software. Rejecting the extremes, Satchwell argues that a middle solution exists whereby a properly formed intellectual property regime will incentivize the production of quality open source software while ensuring the stability of the open source paradigm and without disrupting more traditional intellectual property structures. To this end, this Article discusses the necessary focus and form of such an open source IP regime and shows that by concentrating exclusively on attribution and vertical stability a path may be steered between the tragedies of the commons and anticommons that will enable and promote open source as a viably sustainable production method. Finally, a possible form for such a system is suggested and its benefits discussed.

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