Article: Can China Achieve Her Open-Source Ambitions?

Open Governance, Open Source, Standards

Can China Achieve Her Open-Source Ambitions?

Open source refers to a computer program in which the source code is available to the general public for use or modification.

From a legal point of view, the peculiarity of open-source software is that the original developer(s) (who would enjoy, pursuant to the Copyright Law of PRC, the copyright on the programming code, and thus the exclusive right of use and to economic exploitation), grant(s) a free license to use, modify and share the code with third parties, who can jointly cooperate for the further development of the software. Open-source code is thus the product of a collaborative effort, where programmers can improve the source code and share the changes with the community.

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