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Professor Pamela Samuelson, University of California, Berkeley, explains why Google’s win in the Oracle v. Google case is valuable for all software developers as well as the general public.
Professors Jacques Crémer and Josh Lerner discuss Jean Tirole’s “remarkable set of contributions to economics.” Jean Tirole received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics.
Harvard Business School professor Josh Lerner shares insights from his work with Professor Jean Tirole of Toulouse University on the economics of knowledge sharing and knowledge sharing organizations.
The U.S. patent system largely treats all innovations equally, but innovation often works quite differently in different industries. In particular, the software industry differs from other major innovative industries in several key ways, and those differences can create significant friction for the patent system. This post is the first of a three-part series recapping a conversation we had in November at Santa Clara University entitled “Solutions to the Software Patent Problem.”
Chris Sprigman shares his latest book, co-written with Kal Raustiala, The Knockoff Economy. He looks at innovation and the role of IP protection as well as imitation to foster creativity.
Jacques Cremer of the Toulouse Network for Information Technology recently interviewed Suzanne Scotchmer. They discussed her research on intellectual property and interest in innovation.
As part of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society luncheon series, journalist Alexander B. Howard –correspondent for O’Reilly Media—will address the question, what can 21st century open government learn from open source, open data, open innovation and open journalism?
Josh Lerner, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, discusses his new book, "The Comingled Code, Open Source and Economic Development," in this video interview.
For two days in June of 2010, sixteen scholars and practitioners discussed topics such as barriers to efficient licensing, remedies for unlicensed use, and the limits of contractual solutions to licensing problems. Video and podcasts are now available from the Licensing of Intellectual Property conference.
This week, TAP features the work of Professor Glenn Ellison.

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Google’s Fair Use Victory Is Good for Open Source

"Developers of software need some simple norms to live by. One such norm is that independent reimplementation of an API in one's own original code does not infringe copyright. That's the law as well as good public policy." — Pamela Samuelson, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Pamela Samuelson
Ars Technica
June 2, 2016

Featured Article

A Brief Survey of the Economics of Open Source Software

This paper reviews some key economic aspects of Open Source Software (OSS).

By: Neil Gandal, Chaim Fershtman