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2013 (Vol. 5, Issue: 13)
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Comparative Study on Innovation Incentives for Commercial Open Source Software under Different Licenses

Mingqing Xing
Corresponding Author:  Mingqing Xing 

Key words:  BSD, commercial open source, GPL, open source software, software innovation, software feature software usability ,
Vol. 5 , (13): 3538-3542
Submitted Accepted Published
July 27, 2012 September 17, 2012 April 15, 2013

This study compares technological innovation incentives for commercial open source software under two typical licenses (the GNU General Public License and the Berkeley Software Distribution License, i.e., GPL and BSD). In the case of private optimum, the incentive towards software features (resp. usability) innovation is always higher (resp. lower) under BSD than under GPL. Contrast to the private optimum, the social planner expects more investment in software feature under both BSD and GPL, but less (resp. equivalent) investment in software usability under BSD (resp. GPL).
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Mingqing Xing, 2013. Comparative Study on Innovation Incentives for Commercial Open Source Software under Different Licenses.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 5(13): 3538-3542.
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