September 2, 2002

Ukraine is deciding Free Software legislation

Igor Tetuev writes - "Some months ago Ukraine has got new copyright law that made possible police raids to companies making pirate copies of software, and to companies using it. Some companies and computer clubs moved to the Free Software after that.
Now, new law was proposed (in Ukrainian), that is very similar to the one proposed in Peru: Government and public computer systems should run Free Software and use open standarts. GPL is especially noted in the law.
It's come just in time, because Microsoft's relaxations for companies using their software illegally in Ukraine and Russia ended in August. And there is no secret that more than 90% of proprietary software in public sector and government is illegally copied."
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