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Il Memorandum del Dipartimento di Difesa USA sul Software Libero/Open Source

Non so se avete già letto il memorandum del dipartimento di difesa degli stati uniti per il software libero/open source

Mentre secondo me inizia bene…

a. In almost all cases, OSS meets the definition of “commercial computer software” and shall be given appropriate statutory preference in accordance with 10 USC 2377 (reference (b)) (see also FAR 2.101(b), 12.000, 12.101 (reference (c)); and DFARS 212.212, and 252.227-7014(a)(1) (reference (d))).”

e poi continua con una ragionevole spiegazione sui tipi di licenze aperte….

“e. There is a misconception that the Government is always obligated to distribute the source code of any modified OSS to the public, and therefore that OSS should not be integrated or modified for use in classified or other sensitive DoD systems. In contrast, many open source licenses permit the user to modify OSS for internal use without being obligated to distribute source code to the public. However, if the user chooses to distribute the modified OSS outside the user’s organization (e.g., a Government user distributes the code outside the Government), then some OSS licenses (such as the GNU General Public License) do require distribution of the corresponding source code to the recipient of the software. For this reason, it is important to understand both the specifics of the open source license in question and how the Department intends to use and redistribute any DoD-modified OSS.”

mi pare di capire che non finisca proprio bene, in particolare per una frase (evidenziata qui sotto in grassetto) che o è stata scritta male (dovrebbe essere “or when pre-existing OSS for which the Government is the copyright holder is modified…”) oppure è stata messa li apposta per “chiarire” (?) che il Governo USA è sopra ogni licenza (ed ogni libertà)…

“g. Software […] developed for the Government should be released to the public (such as under an open source license) when all of the following conditions are met:
(2) The Government has the rights to reproduce and release the item, and to authorize others to do so. For example, the Government has public release rights when the software is developed by Government personnel, when the Government receives “unlimited rights” in software developed by a contractor at Government expense, or when pre-existing OSS is modified by or for the Government.

Voi che impressione avete ?

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