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Open Source und IPR in the Digital Society - Summer 2013

Seminar and Workshop: Open Source and IPR in the Digital Society
Event
Type
Starting
Day/Time
Room
0832 L 283
Seminar
(2SWS)
15/04/2013
until 01/07/2013
Monday 10 – 12h
VWS 128
0832 L 283
Workshop
(2SWS)
15/04/2013
until 01/07/2013
Monday 16 – 18h
VWS 128

Curriculum Summer Term 2013

Open Source and IPR in the Digital Society – Course Schedule
Date      
Topic
15/04/2013
Introduction: Open Source, Free Software and IP
22/04/2013
Innovation, IP and IPR
29/04/2013
Markets, firms and peer production
06/05/2013
Economic characteristics of the software development process, and of information goods in general
13/05/2013
Software production in Open Source communities
20/05/2013
Open Source licenses, derived works and software stacks
27/05/2013
Business models around Open Source
03/06/2013
Cooperative strategies: Open Source Foundations
10/06/2013
Case studies: Linux Foundation, Qt Project
17/06/2013
Working the system: defenisve strategies of Open Source communities
24/06/2013
Economic and political impact of Open Source
01/07/2013
The wider scope of „Open Everything“ and freedom (Creative Commons, Open Data|Hardware|Innovation Government|...)

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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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