Denmarkâ€™s community of public services that are pooling their efforts in the development of open source tools - that's novel concept versus each paying annually to use a different proprietary product!
The note for example explains how Danish and European procurement rules allow a municipality to specify that software solutions offered must be available under an open source licence. â€œAn open source requirement promotes open competition, which is the purpose of the procurement rules,â€ the lawyers write.
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Another sections deals with software that has been developed specifically for a municipality, which now wants to make it available as open source. Here, the legal experts point out that this is in the municipalityâ€™s own interests as well as that of its citizens.
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Municipalities using and contributing to open source are balancing their financial, legal, and social responsibilities, concludes a legal note written for OS2, Denmarkâ€™s community of public services that are pooling their efforts in the development of open source tools.