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Week 9 Intellectual Property and Software
1. What is the Open Source Software movement? What is the philosophy behind it?
Ability of a software user to look at, understand, modify, and redistribute the source code for
that software
Requirements for source code in the software development process
Open source model vs the closed source development
Philosophy to have the community involved in making updates to the software
2. What is the "Common Good" approach and how does it relate to preserving the "Intellectual
Commons"?
Every object had a nature, end or purpose, it’s ‘good’
Examines the nature of information in terms of a broader social context, can provide us with an
attractive alternative to the traditional property theories
Take into account social nature
Greatest good, utilitarian
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