Against Intellectual Monopoly: Free Software in China

Yi Zhou

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Abstract

The Free Software/Open Source movements have not only challenged the proprietary
software, but have also inspired many other movements against intellectual monopoly far beyond
the software world, challenging the IPR dogma as a whole. However, these have had less influence
in China thus far, though there has been a rapid growth of free/open source software in China.
This article argues that China now needs a different voice against the IPR dogma and should
make a contribution to the international effort against intellectual monopoly, and the software
industry could be where to start. On one hand, China should take further measures to promote
the development of free/open source software. On the other hand, China needs to scrutinize and
reform relevant economic and legal systems and adjust strategy for international negotiations,
strengthening antitrust enforcement against software monopoly and taking a tough stance against
software patents in international community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-306
Number of pages17
JournalWorld Review of Political Economy
Volume2
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Against Intellectual Monopoly: Free Software in China. / Zhou, Yi .

In: World Review of Political Economy, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2011, p. 290-306.

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