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CNET News: Open Source's New Weapon: The Law?

Aug 10, 2002, 14:45 (75 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos, Stephen Shankland)

[ Thanks to Abhijeet Chavan for this link. ]

"Open-source software advocates will unfurl a legislative proposal next week to prohibit the state of California from buying software from Microsoft or any other company that doesn't open its source code and licensing policies.

"Named the 'Digital Software Security Act,' the proposal essentially would make California the 'Live Free or Die' state when it comes to software. If enacted as written, state agencies would be able to buy software only from companies that do not place restrictions on use or access to source code. The agencies would also be given the freedom to 'make and distribute copies of the software.'

"'The legislative intent is that for software to be acceptable to the state, it is not enough that it is technically capable of fulfilling a task, but that the contractual condition for purchase and/or licensing must satisfy a series of requirements regarding the license,' the proposal states..."

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