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Seminar: Open Source and IP in the Digital Society (6 ECTS) - WS 2020/2021

Seminar and Workshop: Open Source and IP in the Digital Society
Event
Type
Period
Day/Time
Room
Lecturer
7351 L 51
Lecture
02/11/20 -
27/02/21
Monday
12 pm - 2 pm
virtual
Dipl.-Kfm. Mirko Böhm
7351 L 51
Workshop
02/11/20 -
27/02/21
Monday
2 pm -4 pm
virtual
Dipl.-Kfm. Mirko Böhm

The first lecture is open and does not require registration. Click here to enroll to the ISIS course and retrieve the video conference details for the first lecture. All relevant information regarding the first lecture, course organization as well as lecture material will be available via ISIS in the first week of the semester.

Registration

Welcome, students, and thank you for your interest in this course!

Seats are limited (30 participants) for this course. You have to apply for this course to be eligible for grading. The application window starts on November 2nd, 08.00 am here on the website and is open until November 6th 11.59 am 2020. We select the participants in accordance with the general study regulation (AllgStuPo) §36. We will let you know by November 6th, 04.00 pm whether you are in the course or not.

Content

The Open Source movement has shaken up the IT industries and is now sprawling all over the industries producing information goods, and beyond. Successful Open Source projects have defined formal and informal industry standards like the Linux operating system or the Eclipse development environment. They continue to develop into ecosystems of communities like the Apache or Mozilla foundation, and successfully compete with the software industry on many levels.

We are going to learn about Open Source as a peer production model for information goods, and how the traditional understanding of Intellectual Property relates to it. Analyzing the motivation of contributors who take part in such a project and the dynamics of Open Source communities are an important part of that.


With the products of Open Source communities being available for free, there is a question of how they fit into the strategies of for-profit companies. To understand this, it is necessary to look at market structures and the appropriate competitive or cooperative behavior of actors. Because basic technologies like operating systems or web servers encourage otherwise competing companies to cooperate, industry-driven foundations are created, of which the Linux Foundation and the Qt Project will be used as examples.


Finally, Open Source causes effects at a wider scope producing a huge body of common knowledge that introduces new issues like archiving and public access to information. These effects relate back to current controversial topics like the term of copyright protection. Even though there are no definite answers to these questions, it is possible to structure and weigh arguments to develop an understanding of the long-term effects the Open Source movement will have on society.

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