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Open Source Law: Open Source and the IT Trade Deficit

Jul 28, 2004, 14:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brendan Scott)

[ Thanks to Brendan Scott for this link. ]

"Abstract

"In this report we look at the current consistently poor performance of Australia in the ICT industry, as identified by analysis from the Centre or Strategic Economic Studies and note the correlation between these poor results and the historical reliance on the incumbent, closed source, model for the commercialisation of software. We identify one instance in which failure to move to a functionally equivalent open source product has significant costs for Australia and, in that example, quantify those costs at $430 million [US$300,382,400/€249,361,000] per year. This paper identifies an alternative model for ICT commercialisation and discusses some potential impacts..."

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