"The UK government has funded the development of software useful
for e-government, and now doesn't know what to do with it. Someone
had the bright idea to hand it over to local councils, inviting
them to turn themselves into software companies.
"The public have already paid to develop this software. Isn't it
absurd to make them pay, now, for permission to use it? Isn't it
absurd to restrict what they can do with it? Alas, such absurdity
is not unusual; it is standard practice for governments to deliver
publicly funded software into private hands, to companies that make
the public--and even the government--beg for permission to use it
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