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The Guardian: Second Sight

Mar 05, 2005, 05:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Stallman)

[ Thanks to MarkT for this link. ]

"The UK government has funded the development of software useful for e-government, and now doesn't know what to do with it. Someone had the bright idea to hand it over to local councils, inviting them to turn themselves into software companies.

"The public have already paid to develop this software. Isn't it absurd to make them pay, now, for permission to use it? Isn't it absurd to restrict what they can do with it? Alas, such absurdity is not unusual; it is standard practice for governments to deliver publicly funded software into private hands, to companies that make the public--and even the government--beg for permission to use it afterwards..."

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