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2013 (Vol. 5, Issue: 23)
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Competition between Commercial Open Source Software Firms under the GNU General Public License

Mingqing Xing
Corresponding Author:  Mingqing Xing 

Key words:  Commercial open source software, competition, R&D, general public license, software features, software usability,
Vol. 5 , (23): 5408-5412
Submitted Accepted Published
November 24, 2012 January 17, 2013 May 28, 2013

This study compares R&D incentives for commercial open source software (COSS) firms under the GNU General Public License (i.e., GPL). It is found that: (i) although the GPL requires firms open the codes of features, firms have incentives to invest in software features under private optimum; (ii) the firm with high software usability has much higher incentive to invest in software features, sets higher price, obtains more market share and profit than the one with low software usability does; (iii) firms invest too little in software features under GPL from a public policy perspective.
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Mingqing Xing, 2013. Competition between Commercial Open Source Software Firms under the GNU General Public License.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 5(23): 5408-5412.
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