Italian Law Upheld

Open Source Law

Jessica Thornsby

An Italian court has upheld the legality of a law passed by Piedmont Regional Council which states “the Region, in the process of choosing computer programs to acquire, prefers free software and programs whose source code can be inspected by the licensee.”

The Court has ruled that this law does not infringe on the principle of freedom of competition, ruling that the preference expressed is for a feature and not a product, brand or a highly-specific technical feature associated with a particular product.

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