Obama Administration’s Draft Source Code Policy Requires Free Software 16/03/2016 by Intellectual Property Watch 2 Comments Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Obama administration last week published a draft software source code policy that requires all government agencies to publish their custom-build software as free software for public use, according to the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE). The full FSFE statement is reprinted below: “At the end of last week, the White House published a draft for a Source Code Policy <https://sourcecode.cio.gov/SourceCodePolicy.pdf>. The policy requires every public agency to publish their custom-build software as Free Software for other public agencies as well as the general public to use, study, share and improve the software. As we want to push for similar policies in the EU, I would be very interested in your feedback. The Source Code Policy is intended for efficient use of US taxpayers’ money and reuse of existing custom-made software across the public sector. It is said to reduce vendor lock-in of the public sector, and decrease duplicate costs for the same code which in return will increase transparency of public agencies. The custom-build software will also be published to the general public either as public domain, or as Free Software so others can improve and reuse the software. The policy in general does not require that already existing custom-developed software be retroactively made available as Free Software if it was developed by third party developers (though it is strongly encouraged to the extent permissible under existing contracts). However, it is encouraged to be retroactively applicable for the existing custom-build software developed by agency employees in the course of their official duties. As a result, the draft predicts that the policy will contribute to economic growth and innovation, as the public will be able to use and improve the software which was funded with public money. Until 11 April 2016 the public can comment the draft <https://sourcecode.cio.gov/>. So please sent us any comments asap.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Related "Obama Administration’s Draft Source Code Policy Requires Free Software" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.