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Submission + - Italian Court OKs Preference for Open Source (blogspot.com)

Glyn Moody writes: While it remains under threat in Europe, here's a big win for open source at the national level. The Italian Constitutional Court has approved a law in Piedmont giving preference to open source, ruling that it is not anti-competitive: "the Court ruled that the preference for Free Software is legitimate and complies with the principle of freedom of competition." Its reasoning was interesting: "It is not understandable how the the choice of a Public institution with regard to a feature, and not a product ... can be deemed as a breach of antitrust law. The concepts of Free Software and software whose code can be inspected do not refer to a particular technology, brand or product, but they rather express a legal feature". Would that same logic apply in other jurisdictions?
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Italian Court OKs Preference for Open Source

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