"The Czech Ministry of Finance along with the BSA
threaten to disallow deducting hardware from base tax if purchased
without software. This idea stems from their joint proclamation
that for software to be used legally, it must be bought –
thus completely ignoring the existence of free and open source
software which can be obtained legally without any purchase
whatsoever. The Ministry and the BSA have issued a press release
which basically labels all users of 'free software' pirates. Many
public organizations and companies have expressed their dismay at
such actions of the Ministry.
"The Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic (MFCR) has lent
its name to a very strange activity – the so-called
anti-pirate organization, BSA (Business Software Alliance) which
associates many producers of software (such as Apple, IBM, or
Microsoft) had penned a press released that has been published
through official channels by the Ministry of Finance. The press
release is signed by the first deputy minister and the spokesperson
of the BSA. Note that the BSA is not even registered in the Czech
Republic and as such has no legal presence in the country."
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