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Open-Source Software: How the Stock Market Views It

May 12, 2008, 12:45 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Oliver Alexy)

"Over the past decade, companies have been experimenting with a radical concept: openness. Instead of keeping proprietary information close to the vest, they make it available to anyone who wants it, usually free of charge...

"But does giving ideas away help--or hurt--the company's stock price? Will investors reward openness by driving up the company's shares--or punish it by knocking the stock down...?"

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