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Building IT Support for Open-Source Model

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| Support is the critical backbone of a community and helps move a society
| forward. When companies accept that the combination of community innovation
| and the open source model should be accessible to all customers, costs
| decrease and innovation increases, according to Whitehurst.
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http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...rce_model.html


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Against Intellectual Monopoly

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| It is common to argue that intellectual property in the form of copyright and
| patent is necessary for the innovation and creation of ideas and inventions
| such as machines, drugs, computer software, books, music, literature and
| movies. In fact intellectual property is not like ordinary property at all,
| but constitutes a government grant of a costly and dangerous private monopoly
| over ideas. We show through theory and example that intellectual monopoly is
| not neccesary for innovation and as a practical matter is damaging to growth,
| prosperity and liberty. * * *
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http://www.dklevine.com/general/inte...al/against.htm


How Microsoft Prevents Innovation

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| Despite its reputation among some consumers as an innovative company,
| Microsoft's number one goal is actually the opposite of innovation.
| Microsoft, like any other monopolist, can only succeed by preventing *
| innovation. Here is a short summary of how they do it. *
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http://www.vcnet.com/bms/features/noinnovation.shtml
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