[LINK] ISP's thrown $20 million bone by DCITA
rick at praxis.com.au
Sun Mar 18 15:28:54 AEDT 2007
Howard Lowndes wrote:
>> Regarding open source, an argument can me made that all publicly funded
>> software projects should be open source, since we are the ones paying for
>> them and thus should be able to benefit from the fruits of the project.
> Good argument, but it won't fly. If the project is being undertaken by
> private industry then they won't be in it anyway, and if it's being done
> by academia then they need to lock it down so that they can sell it not
> give it away.
I don't care what academia or private industry *wants*. It's all about
who owns the intellectual property rights to a the fruits of a project.
Private contractor: the contract will inevitably state that all software
source codes become the property of the contractee, i.e. the gummint.
Academia: if a project is publicly funded, it is pretty simple to stipulate
that a precondition for funding is that the gummint (we the poeple) own
All it takes it willpower. And probably a hint of legislation to get it
In this neo-con user-pays post-911 terror-infested winner-takes-all world,
I doubt it will happen ;)
Rick Welykochy || Praxis Services
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