Proposal Title: Protecting Free, Open Source Software Use
Category: Free Trade
Proposed By: Clever Homo Sapiens
Purpose: A resolution to reduce barriers to free trade and commerce.
Rationale & Analysis
While noble in its attempt to protect people in their access to software, particularly of the open-source variety, we find this proposal to be lacking in a number of areas.
Not only do creators of open-source software make up a small portion of the populations in member states, but the actual effectiveness of these supposed protections can be called into question due to the lack of restrictions placed on what’s considered a creator’s work in relation to what’s considered free for public use.
Moreover, in light of this, we believe the proposal’s strength indicator and/or category to be incorrect. It’s listed as “Significant” despite its aforementioned lack of regulations and restrictions on what is actually considered a protected FOSS. At best, it is the opinion of the Ministry that this should be considered “Mild,” and even then the proposal would need to demonstrate why this an international issue worthy of the General Assembly’s attention.
As such, Ministry leadership has directed Kethania to vote AGAINST “Protecting Free, Open Source Software Use” and we encourage all WA member nations within the Bloc to do the same.
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