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Daily Dose - OSS Victory in Italy, But Trouble Brewing in EU

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Daily Dose - OSS Victory in Italy, But Trouble Brewing in EU

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A law passed by an Italian regional council that made preferences for choosing free software in government systems was recently upheld in a national court.  The Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers challenged the law saying it was anti-competitive.  Because the law did not favor any particular product or brand, the court found no anti-competitive grounds for striking it down.  In other open source news, trouble is brewing for OSS in Europe.  The second draft of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) has not been changed significantly since November 2009 when the document was modified to let commercial software vendors add patented standards into the open framework.  The first version of the draft did not allow for any patent-encumbered technologies to be a part of the EIF's open standard.

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