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Do Royalty-Free Standards “Stifle Innovation?”

Mar 06, 2011, 11:02 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"As I noted last week, the British government recently came out strongly in favor of royalty free standards and active consideration of open source software in public procurement. As expected, this decision was greeted with less than universal enthusiasm. One trade group that predictably reacted negatively was the Business Software Alliance, an association that supports the robust preservation of rights in patents. The BSA had previously lobbied actively (and successfully) to delete a similar position from the new version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF).

"According to a story posted at ZDNet.co.uk this Tuesday, the BSA released objections to the new British government policy, stating in part:

"BSA strongly supports open standards as a driver of interoperability; but we are deeply concerned that by seeking to define openness in a way which requires industry to give up its intellectual property, the UK government's new policy will inadvertently reduce choice, hinder innovation and increase the costs of e-government."

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