A no-IPR model as solution to reuse and understanding of information systems
This work in progress paper argues that a reason why reuse of software components in information systems development is not more common and why users do not and cannot understand the systems they use partly depends on the implementation of the current IPR1 system and the repercussions it has for the proprietary software model. A full blown anti-IPR system, modified from the GNU GPL and CC Attribution-ShareAlike licenses, is offered in its place. Furthermore, reasons why both reuse of software components and understanding of software would be enhanced are given. Also, some business models viable in that environment are tentatively suggested. Finally, how to—at least partially—implement this in the current IPR environment is explored.
Keywords: Information systems, information systems development, social informatics, work informatics, IPRs, free source software, GNU GPL, object-oriented development