July 25, 2002

Benkler on Linux and the nature of the firm

mpawlo writes: "As reported by Greplaw, NYU law professor Yochai Benkler has written an article to explain that while free software is highly visible, it is in fact only one example of a much broader social-economic phenomenon. Benkler suggests that we are seeing 'the broad and deep emergence of a new, third mode of production in the digitally networked environment.' Benkler call this mode "commons-based peer-production," to distinguish it from the property- and contract-based models of firms and markets. The article is due for publication in 112 Yale L.J. (Winter 2002-03).

The article is available in abstract (HTML) and full-text (PDF)."


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