as the topic title says, I am thinking about how Government (and politics, in general) can help OS Business Model. More precisely, I am thinking about an “Open Source Economy Act”, possibly a popular law, whose goal is to encourage people to avoid patents and copyright, preferring copyleft and OS.
In my opinion, this is necessary because -as we saw- people’s main dubts are about theft of ideas, and many of them associate patents with sure profit. Now, communities can organize conferences and events like OSCE Days, and repeat brilliant points like @cameralibre’s one in the linked topic, but I guess skepticism will be mainstream for a while. We are talking about a revolution here, it is not easy to convince an entrepreneur to do the opposite of his colleagues.
Unless Governments directly “sponsor” OS Business Models (for instance, reducing taxes or directly financing them). It can be easily shown that OSBM are more beneficial to society than traditional ones, as:
- Forks generate more jobs
- Technology becomes cheaper, so access to technology it’s easier
- Progress is faster
So this hypotetical “OS Economy Act” should simply define what “Open Source” projects are and how a Government should finance it. Definitions can be directly taken from communities (i.e. OSHWA ).
What do you think about that?