ATTN: Brasilian state aproves "opensource" law

Niall Douglas s_fsfeurope at
Fri Dec 6 22:48:37 UTC 2002

On 6 Dec 2002 at 15:20, Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:

> I don't know if someone has disregarded reading my email, but it
> requires attention.
> It is my interpretation that that law forbids most free software just
> as well as non-free software.
> The way I read it, it explicitly rejects software that has any
> restriction in redistribution.

Anything with such a restriction could be argued to not be free. I 
know some advocates of FreeBSD who think that about the GPL.

Probably like any government they have misguided visions of security 
risks if they are forced to publish source code. Pity.


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