Subject: Re: Software as a public service
From: Alan Hudson <>
Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 14:38:24 -0700

Russell McOrmond wrote:

> Alan Hudson wrote:
> It is funny: when it is software we don't hesitate to run test cases, 
> but when it is policy we seem paralyzed.  If you want to know what the 
> results of an ATiP request is for software, then run a test case.  The 
> worst case is that your test case may fail and you'll then have a 
> core-dump to take to your government representative.
In the source files we hand over to government we've already put a 
license agreement at the top(typically LGPL, but sometimes BSD if 
asked).  So if you got a faxed copy of this code back, would you have to 
follow that license agreement? 

Typically its just going to say:

(c) Blah, Inc 1997  - All rights reserved. 

Ie no real license, just a statement of all rights reserved.  I don't 
see how having a copy of this source will be of use for future 
programming.  Fine for information/compatibility(good step), but not for 
software usage.