I read an interesting article about a former BMW employee who is designing a new car by inviting hundreds ofÂ engineers and designersÂ to post contributions online and work collaboratively on the project. The idea is to test the hypothesis that the open source methodology can transfer into spheres other than software. Like all good virtual forums, subject matter experts moderate the content and guide the discussion.
But what happens if someone steals the design and actually builds the “OSCar”? Who will own it? Does ownership really matter? If it doesn’t then that represents a huge threat to some really powerful global business enterprises.
[tags]open source, innovation[/tags]