Pricing open source software

Byung Cho Kim, Pei-yu Chen, Tridas Mukhopadhyay

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In this paper, we examine the issue of pricing open source software. We compare three different pricing mechanisms: commercial software, open source software dual-licensing, and open source software support. We investigate whether the open source software pricing models are viable under monopoly and duopoly when an open source software vendor competes with a commercial software vendor. Our model considers the motivation for and the barrier to open source software adoption, which provides a better picture of the open source software market. We identify the factors that affect the optimal pricing strategy of the commercial and the open source software vendors. Our results can give pricing guidelines to the open source software vendors in the case of monopoly and duopoly, which is not clear in the current state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICIS 2006 Proceedings - Twenty Seventh International Conference on Information Systems
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event27th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2006 - Milwaukee, WI, United States
Duration: Dec 10 2006Dec 13 2006


Other27th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMilwaukee, WI


  • Commercial software
  • Competition
  • Open source software
  • Pricing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems


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