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IT Manager's Journal: Opening the Open Source Community to a Profitable Business Model

Dec 19, 2005, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Feller)

"A paper recently written by two university professors offers a business model that would keep the software open and free, while allowing its developers to profit. The model would have open source software companies make money through royalty fees and sales of their newest innovations, then offer the complete software and source code for free after a predetermined period.

"The paper, 'Innovation Through Optimal Licensing in Free Markets and Free Software,' was written by Marshall Van Alstyne, a doctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, and Dr. Geoffrey Parker, an associate professor of information and operations management at Tulane University in New Orleans..."

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