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Why Governments Should Use Open Source Licensing

Dec 24, 2010, 07:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"Here's a wonderful cautionary tale:

"Systran created a specially adapted version of its Systran-Unix machine translation software for the [European] Commission, calling it EC-Systran Unix between 1997 and 2002.

"In 2003 the Commission published a call for tenders for work updating its machine translation systems. That call included demands that a company conduct "enhancements, adaptations and additions to linguistic routines … specific improvements to analysis, transfer and synthesis programs ... [and] system updates", according to a statement from the General Court.

"Systran told the Commission that the work the Commission was asking for tenders for would infringe the copyright in Systran's software."

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