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UK: Opponents of open source criticise new procurement rules

OSOR - The Business Software Alliance (BSA) is protesting the UK government's new policy on open standards. The lobby organisation for proprietary software companies says the new policy will reduce choice and increase costs.

According to a report by Zdnet, the BSA is concerned that a new government definition of an open standard will force proprietary vendors to give up intellectual property. Instead, the lobby group wants the UK government to "align itself with the best practices endorsed by the European Interoperability Framework (EIF)", Zdnet quotes BSA.