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The Register: BSA Imagines Open Source Policy, Attacks mass.gov

Sep 30, 2003, 20:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

[ Thanks to Brad for this link. ]

"When it comes to antipiracy policy Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance have a great deal in common, but when the BSA mounts an attack on a software purchasing policy that doesn't quite exist yet, and quite possibly won't exist, one begins to wonder who's driving the 'voice of the world's commercial software industry.' The BSA, it says here, 'is concerned' about 'reports' that 'the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may be imposing a blanket policy on software purchases without giving the directive a full public discussion.'

"More specifically, these reports claim that 'Commonwealth CIO Peter Quinn recently announced a state initiative that will require that all information technology expenditures in 2004 and 2005 be made on open source software. The requirement would apparently be part of a broader policy that also focuses on the issue of open technical standards, according to reports...'"

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