Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Sep 2017 21:20 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source

Digital services offered and used by public administrations are the critical infrastructure of 21st-century democratic nations. To establish trustworthy systems, government agencies must ensure they have full control over systems at the core of our digital infrastructure. This is rarely the case today due to restrictive software licences.

Today, 31 organisations are publishing an open letter in which they call for lawmakers to advance legislation requiring publicly financed software developed for the public sector be made available under a Free and Open Source Software licence.

Good initiative, and a complete and utter no-brainer. Public money, public code.

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I'd go further
by zima on Fri 15th Sep 2017 22:29 UTC
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For some time I had this idea about copyright protection of closed software: that it can be protected by copyright only if full source code to it is kept in "source vault", to be released when copyright period ends.

This would restore to software the original spirit of copyright: to benefit the society by granting a temporary protection, after which members of society can remix etc. the work however they see fit. That was easy with books (they are their own "source code" after all), but became harder with music and films, and almost impossible with compiled closed software... And actually, this idea could apply also to music ("pre-mixing tracks must be kept in the vault") or films ("pre-edited footage must be kept in vault")

Edited 2017-09-15 22:30 UTC

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