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WIRED: Argentina Mulls Open-Source Move

May 04, 2001, 16:12 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Julia Scheeres)

WIRED provides some context to recent reports that Argentina is considering a law mandating the use of open source software in its government. Software copying, until 1998, was legal in Argentina. Now that a crackdown is in progress, the government's realizing just how much money it will have to spend to license what it depends on:

"Until the country's intellectual property law was modified in November 1998, it was perfectly legal to copy software in Argentina. Today, anyone caught with pirated goods faces fines and up to six years in the slammer."

"After a 45-day "truce" in the wake of the law's passage, the association targeted 15,000 firms it believed use crooked copies, based on an analysis of public data, such as tax and social security documents. Of the original targets, about 6,000 have rectified their situation, said association president Martín Carranza Torres."

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