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[Discuss] Govt Source Code Policy

On Fri, Mar 25, 2016 at 8:03 PM, Rich Pieri <richard.pieri at> wrote:

> On 3/25/2016 5:04 PM, Greg Rundlett (freephile) wrote:
> > I am saying that a Free Software license would provide greater access to
> public
> > works.  I said nothing about denying access. Instead, I point out that
> when
> You wrote:
> >> it's actually a giant corporate handout because companies will have
> greater
> >> access to publicly funded works that they can then incorporate into
> >> proprietary works.
> You assert that OSS means greater access than free (as in FSF) software.
> How is what you wrote *not* about denying or restricting access?
You talk about freedom to compete.  I'm talking about freedom to cooperate.

I maintain that an individual person can't compete with a billion dollar
corporation, so that's not freedom to me.  On the other hand, a person can
freely cooperate with a corporation of any size.  Thus we have two
different views of freedom.

> > public works can be turned into proprietary works that THEN we the
> people would
> > be denied free access.
> Hardly. A BSD license, for example, would ensure that everyone has equal
> access to the Govt's code whether it be for proprietary uses or
> otherwise. The GPL, on the other hand, would restrict use of public
> works to only non-proprietary uses.

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