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I don't think that's the case, the software is taxpayer funded so it makes sense to release it.

I think it's more likely that it will help with recruitment, pull requests of high-quality might provide a potential interview or job offer.




If it's 'taxpayer funded' as you say, it should be licensed under the public domain.

No 'if', 'ands', or 'buts'. If it's paid for by the people it's the property of the people.


Its paid for by the Crown (via its administrative arm, the UK government) so its the property of the Crown.


And if you pay enough in taxes you should get your own tomahawk cruise missile.


Not sure what you'd do with a tomahawk (besides hump it for fortitude).

Anyway...

In the US the policy is:

A United States government work is prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person's official duties.

It is not subject to copyright in the United States and there are no copyright restrictions on reproduction, derivative works, distribution, performance, or display of the work. Anyone may, without restriction under U.S. copyright laws:

- reproduce the work in print or digital form

- create derivative works

- perform the work publicly

- display the work

- distribute copies or digitally transfer the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending.

Source: https://www.usa.gov/government-works

US government based software developer agencies like 18f and USDS (United States Digital Service) license all of their code to the public domain.

The UK is slightly different: https://github.com/GovernmentCommunicationsHeadquarters/Gaff...

But there is the OGL (Open Government License): http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/information-management/re...


Look at the Issues. Trolls are going to ruin it as the path of least resistance will be to disable them.




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