08 June 2006

The Open Source Car

Well, that's what the OSCar takes its name from, apparently. But more interesting is the thinking behind the move:

Hitherto we have encouraged this through intellectual property rights, which harness the efforts of innovators, for the good of all, by granting a monopoly. But is this the best way? The example of Linux software would suggest not. The "Open Source" philosophy can incentivise a community to innovate for the good of all without restricting access to the output. The rate of progress is higher, the technology can spread more rapidly and the benefits are more equitably distributed.

This betrays the origin of the name OSCar - Open Source Car. Expect to hear a lot more about it.

(Via LXer.)

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