Software Pluralism

Software Pluralism

About This Site

Mission Statement

This site is designed as an independent, objective, and nonpartisan exploration of some of the legal, technological and institutional aspects of open source software in the open source versus proprietary software debate.

This website is provided to the general public for informational purposes only. The information provided is not legal advice. While every effort was made to assure the accuracy of its contents at the time of publication, we make no representation that the information contained in this website is accurate or complete. The content of the website was published in February 2006 and is not being updated. We have provided links to websites maintained by others but have no control over those sites and so cannot accept responsibility for their contents.

Definition of Software Pluralism

In the social sciences, pluralism is a framework of interaction in which groups show sufficient respect and tolerance of each other, that they fruitfully coexist and interact without conflict or assimilation. Software pluralism, then, is a term chosen to suggest a framework of respectful and tolerant dialogue between proponents of both sides of the proprietary versus open source software debate – a framework that allows for the possibility of fruitful coexistence and even interaction between these two paradigms in future software development.

Site Contributors

Ben Dugan, M.S., J.D. (Project Coordinator; Law & Technology)

Manja Sachet, J.D. (Law)

Molly Torsen, J.D. (Law)

Jane Lu, M.B.A. (Institutions)

Christine Tawatao (Website)

Patricia Campbell, Ph.D. (Editor)

Jane Winn, J.D. (Faculty Advisor)
Professor of Law
Shidler Center for Law and Technology
University of Washington School of Law

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