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go1dfish wrote

Yes and no, a lot of open source happens because the marginal cost of releasing software you've already built for your own purposes is pretty low, and there is potential to receive value back in the form of patches and testing.

This makes the model here a bit different than the traditional "tragedy of the commons." one where the tragedy is usually rather minimal; but as noted above the lack of scarcity in the resulting good is what helps to achieve this.

As quoted in the article:

The vast majority of open source software—particularly as it relates to the web—is funded through companies sponsoring developers to work on issues that matter to those companies

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