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Should tax-funded government software be free?

Computer Weekly - The non-governmental Open Source for America (OSFA) organisation has called upon the U.S. Federal Government to free up code produced as "custom-developed, taxpayer-funded software" for general use under an open source license.

President of selection pressure John Scott has explained that his group is specifically interested in how publicly funded software code developed by the government (which isn't already covered by a proprietary license) should be made available to the wider public.

 

The Washington DC headquartered OSFA organisation is made up of technology industry leaders, non-government associations and academic/research institutions.

John Scott and Deb Bryant of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) co-chaired a "Free the Code" session at the Open Source Conference (OSCON) this week in Portland, Oregon to invite interested parties to join the debate.