Why does the Government need to own the copyright in software it has developed?
Jun 04, 2011, 01:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Katz)
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"Unfortunately, ownership, even if the comfort is illusory in
reality, can provide tangible benefits: for example, banks may
sometimes be prepared to take security over intellectual property,
and VCs may be more prepared to fund a company which owns its IP
portfolio, but this is an issue for another day.
"I was discussing this point at a meeting with the Cabinet
Office the other day. The government seems to be obsessed by its
ability to prevent other people from using copyright it has paid
for. This doesn't really stand up to much scrutiny. If government
is using our tax money to create intellectual property, then why
shouldn't everyone have the ability to use it without