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German government should open source its software, committee advises

http://www.computerworlduk.com

A government committee recommends a change in German law to enable public administrations to make their software available as free and open source. The current law prohibits governments from being part of the development process in the free software community.

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Microsoft on supply chain anti-piracy push

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Microsoft has lobbied state legislators in the US to introduce a law which would prevent a business selling goods and services if one of its (possibly foreign) suppliers was found to be using pirated Microsoft software.

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Should Governments Legislate a Preference for Open Source?

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What would we need to implement a level playing field for Open Source and proprietary software to compete fairly?

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UK Government: Closed Minds on Open Source

http://www.computerworlduk.com

To its eternal shame, the UK Government uses far less open source than most. Worse, it seems to have a closed mind to the whole idea.

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House passes patent overhaul bill

http://www.itworld.com

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill to overhaul the nation's patent system, overcoming objections by many Republicans, small inventors and some labor unions.

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Open Legislation, Part 1: What If Everybody Got to Write Laws?

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It's probably safe to say that most Americans, at one time or another, have felt they could do a better job of governing the nation than their elected officials. It may even be safe, in fact, to say that that has never been more true than it is today.

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Legislators Wimp Out on Open Document Format Bills

http://www.consortiuminfo.org

What are we to make of this? Several things, I think, and none of them reflect very well on the legislators involved.

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Microsoft trounces pro-ODF forces in state battles over open document formats

http://www.computerworld.com

In a resounding victory for Microsoft Corp., bills seeking to mandate the use of open document formats by government agencies have been defeated in five states, and only a much-watered-down version of such legislation was signed into law in a sixth state.

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