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Vote Against GA resolution Protecting Free, Open Source Software


General Assembly Vote Recommendation

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Resolution at Vote: Protecting Free, Open Source Software
Vote Recommendation: Against

Resolution Analysis
Overview

Protecting Free, Open Source Software use seeks to enshrine the right of legal entities and individuals to access, modify, run and/or distribute open source software while simultaneously allowing creators of open source software the ability to ensure that their software and any reasonable derivative remains free.

Recommendation

While the intent of this resolution is admirable, the Ministry of WA Affairs notes that it includes commercial software in its definition of free software. This is troublesome in that it the resolution little effort to address the intellectual property and trademark issues that would arise from the inclusion of commercially produced software. The ministry further believes that the resolution limits its scope hinders its ability to effectively legislate on the topic of open source software.

For the above reasons, the Ministry of World Assembly Affairs recommends a vote Against the General Assembly Resolution at vote, "Protecting Free, Open Source Software".

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