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