Saturday, March 04, 2006

Get the FUD from New Zealand

A new "Get the Facts" style report commissioned by the New Zealand government cautions strongly against the use of open source software, making a wide variety of misleading claims about copyleft "infection". The report states "While the use of open source software has many benefits, it brings with it a number of legal risks not posed by proprietary or commercial software." Perhaps unsurprisingly, the report was created by legal firm Chapman Tripp, which is closely associated with Microsoft. New Zealand Green Party Information Technology Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos, responds critically, "Asking Microsoft's general counsel and IT adviser to prepare what is supposed to be a neutral guide to open source software is just scandalous."