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Comment Re:ADA propaganda? (Score 3, Informative) 94

Sorta. The govt is like any other entity that pays a contractor for copyrightable works. By default, the govt retains the copyright for any works done by the contractor for the govt. Some contracts can grant the contractor either limited/full or shared/exclusive rights depending on how the work is performed and who pays for what.

Note that just because it belongs to the US govt, it doesn't mean that the public has access to it. Many works are either classified, or very commonly, deemed FOUO (For Official Use Only) which restricts access to software.

Spore Is EA's New Ace 406

BusinessWeek reports on EA's Next Big Thing. From the article: "EA is stumbling, and a big part of its time-tested strategy is about to change. The company hopes that its next mega-franchise will revolve not around a football star, a boy wizard, or a dashing British spy, but...a microbe. The game is called Spore. Developed by Will Wright, the creator of SimCity and The Sims, it lets players design an invertebrate in its primordial stages and then guide its evolution until the creature's offspring develop into a thriving civilization with cities, religion, and spaceships. EA's ambitious goal is to create more such innovative, internally developed games while lessening the company's dependence on professional sports and Hollywood movie franchises."

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