information economics (was Re: Microsoft prohibits GPLed work via licensing of CIFS standards)

Matthias Leisi matthias at
Sun Apr 7 11:42:38 UTC 2002

> The best piece of background material I've found on the topic of
> interoperability and why it's critical is Varian & Shapiro's "Information
> Rules". It even has its own website:, though you
> need to buy the paper copy, and it's well worth it.

For german readers: The translation is available under the utterly
misleading title "Online zum Erfolg", 1999, Wirtschaftsverlag Langen
Müller/Herbig, ISBN 3-7844-7395-4.

Hal R. Varian has further online materials on his Economics website at


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