Free Software and Intellectual Property in Brazil: Threats, Opportunites and Motivations

15 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2008  

Antonio M. Buainain

Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)

Cassia I. C. Mendes

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

This article discusses the implications of the intellectual property system as applied to software, especially the use of patents, for innovation in developing countries; it also assesses the possible consequences of the appearance of free software and a new intellectual property system in the innovation process in countries such as Brazil; finally, it attempts to analyse the new dimension of intellectual property as well as its context in the current debate on 'global patents' as opposed to a more flexible copyright system. Some of the questions discussed are: Is a more flexible copyright system an instrument to promote technological innovation? Does the reduction of the income of some software companies in developed countries point toward an exhaustion of the sales model of user licenses for software? What are the threats and opportunities for the new business model based on free software and copy left in Brazil? Can the motivations for the use and development of free software promote theBrazilian software industry?

Suggested Citation

Buainain, Antonio M. and Mendes, Cassia I. C., Free Software and Intellectual Property in Brazil: Threats, Opportunites and Motivations. Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 95-109, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1145882

Antonio M. Buainain (Contact Author)

Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) ( email )

Sao Paulo, Campinas
Brazil

Cassia I. C. Mendes

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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