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Licensing and Business Models

by Alberto Onetti

2008, Economics and Quantitative Methods

License affects software companies' business activities. While proprietary software vendors create custom licenses, open source companies have less flexibility. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) defines a list of 72 licenses as open source (“OSI approved”). For a project ...

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