29 Aug 2001 pawal   » (Master)

IT-Kommissionen within the Swedish government today released a piece of software with which you can test your broadband connection. It is released with source code and all, but with no license or copyright note whatsoever. When I asked them about it, they told me the software was "offentlig handling", which means that any swedish citizen can access the software anyway, thus needing no license.

In essence, this means that any software developed by the swedish government, or any official agency, has to give away software they develop internally, if it is not classified. The problem for now is, that anything that is "offentlig upphandling" in Sweden, can not be accessed in any other way than on a paper. This is slowly changing, you can in a few years actually get electronic copies of documents.

When I asked them about this today, they said that this was an interesting issue, and will probably soon really analyze the situation regarding software.

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