Incentives to copyleft – Jena conference

I have been at a very good conference in Jena in experiments and innovation economics, organised by Marco Guerzoni (here).

I have presented my experimental paper on the Bessen-Maskin argument against patents and copyrights in software development. I have used a new design that implies creation of words, as in Scrabble.

In my design, players create word and can extended them (adding only one letter at a time in any position); they decide whether to impose copyright royalties or not on their creations. If you are interested, the paper is temporarily here, and will soon be has been released as a working paper of the Department of Economics of the University of Milan, you can find it here.

To implement the design I have written a software in Python (using wxpython and enchant). The source is here, released under the GPL.

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