[License-discuss] Government licenses

Smith, McCoy mccoy.smith at intel.com
Tue May 28 19:41:12 UTC 2019

>>From: License-discuss [mailto:license-discuss-bounces at lists.opensource.org] On Behalf Of VanL
>>Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 12:32 PM
>>To: license-discuss at lists.opensource.org
>>Subject: [License-discuss] Government licenses

>>As he described it, goverment-written code is all public domain. Unfortunately, the predominant effect of that public domain status for the code was that government contractors would take the code, make trivial modifications, and sell it back to >>the government under a proprietary license - which they were within their rights to do.

But if it’s public domain, the government has no right to dictate how those modifications are subsequently licensed.  That’s sort of the whole point of public domain.

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