German proposal

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Tue Jan 14 13:47:07 UTC 2003

On Tue, Jan 14, 2003 at 01:23:21PM +0100, Onno Timmerman wrote:
> Can somebody point me exactly what the German law regardig Free 
> Software. Is it a guideline or is it just a polis. to promote free 
> software. 

The most official thing you can get is 
some statement the German pairlament has decided to make.

It is "Deutscher Bundestag Drucksache 14/5246", pp 4,5
I found a copy on

The text is from January 2000 and 
was positively voted on in November 2001.
This is why they used "Open Source" instead of the better "Free Software".
They reference three out of the four freedoms obviously because
somebody underestimated the freedom to publish improvements
and thought it was implied in the freedom to publish.

Within the debate around Free Software meanwhile a lot more
arguments have been brought forward so the text might not be the
best example you can get.

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