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LinuxMall.com: Libert�, �galit�, Open Source

Jun 21, 2000, 18:47 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

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"A law proposed by three French Members of Parliament (MPs) would require source code to be accessible to those who use it--effectively outlawing "closed" software."

"Jean-Yves Le Diaut, Christian Paul, and Pierre Cohen drafted the proposal of the law (bill, in the U.S. system), which they say is "based on five historical, judicial or constitutional principles: free access to public information, retreivability of public data, national security, consumer security and interoperability."

"The law is necessary, their proposal states, because "major breakthroughs in the use of information technology require some judicial backup." Although major improvements have been achieved, many government agencies are still using communication standards linked to a single provider, stimulating "abuses of dominant position in the market," the proposal continues."

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