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  5. <title>Swiss Federal Council considers legal assurance for release of Free Software</title>
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  8. <h1>Swiss Federal Council considers legal assurance for release of Free Software</h1>
  9. <p>Currently, there is uncertainty in Switzerland regarding
  10. the development and release of Free Software by public contractors. The
  11. trigger for this was the development and release of the software <em>OpenJustitia</em>
  12. by the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. The federal council now wants to examine
  13. whether the publication of Free Software by the federal administration can be
  14. explicitly allowed. The Free Software Foundation Europe demands a clarification
  15. so that publicly-financed software can unambiguously be legally released as
  16. Free Software</p>
  17. <p>In December of 2014, the parliamentarian group <em>Parldigi - Digital
  18. Sustainability</em> <a href="http://www.parlament.ch/d/suche/seiten/geschaefte.aspx?gesch_id=20144275">
  19. submitted a proposal (German)</a> with the title "How can the release of
  20. open source software [/Free Software] by the federal administration be explicitly
  21. allowed?" In it, the federal council is instructed to examine whether the
  22. budgetary planning law must be duly amended so that it explicitly allows the
  23. release of source code by the federal government and, if necessary, suggest
  24. suitable adaptations to facilitate the Free Software strategy of the federal
  25. administration.</p>
  26. <p>On February 25, 2015, the Swiss Federal Council acknowledged that the proposal
  27. will be examined.</p>
  28. <blockquote><p>"It is important that the Swiss Federal Council takes up this
  29. topic," said Marcus Möller from the Swiss team of the FSFE. "We hope that
  30. legal certainty for the development of Free Software by public contractors
  31. will be established as soon as possible."</p> </blockquote>
  32. <p>The FSFE Switzerland <a
  33. href="http://www.digitale-nachhaltigkeit.ch/2014/11/fsfe-zuerich-zu-openjustitia/">
  34. calls for (German)</a> the lacking legal framework to be created as soon as possible
  35. so that software -- developed with public money -- can be released as Free Software.
  36. Even then, public institutions themselves should not become contractors for Free
  37. Software development, which would lead to a market distortion. On the contrary,
  38. from the perspective of the FSFE, the actual release of software development under
  39. Free licenses strengthens and stimulates the market.</p>
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  45. <tag key="ch">Switzerland</tag>
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