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Posted almost 3 years ago
Yochai Benkler: The new open-source economics
How do the open source projects prevent the old world profiteers from taking unfair advantage of their openness? Conceivably someone else could abuse the openness and not only profit from what was so generously made available for free but, to add insult to injury, if the projects don't have some sort of legal protection outside parties might even be able to get their own patent on the work and end up preventing the original creators from freely using (& sharing) what they worked so hard to create.