Polish Prime Minister Says Things Funded With Public Money Should Be In The Public Domain

from the wow dept

Slashdot points us to a report that Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has declared that anything funded with public money will be in the public domain (Google translation from the original Polish). It sounds like there was some hedging on this, as he perhaps suggests that they still need to classify what exactly will be public, but it's encouraging. It's also not entirely clear from the report if this just refers to state documents, or also the output of research funded by the state. Hopefully we'll get some clarification soon.


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    Di Fiasco (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:19am

    So we can expect all technical and software data on the Airbus A380 Superjumbo to be made available, for free, to all?

    Cool. I'm starting up my own aircraft manufacturing firm. Who's with me???

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 1:26am

    re Airbus A380 Superjumbo not a bad idea.

    it would probably take a decade to get ready to make one so airbus would stay ahead of the game - unless they wanted to waste their time and energy going to court - i think that a good idea mr AC.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 2:44am

    Re:

    I'm with you, as long as you are providing the funding to make that Airbus. Don't worry, we should be able to have a running prototype in about a year for less than a Billion (a real bargain).

    Of course our product would be obsolete by then, because the "others" wouldn't just sit still. But it's all free right? So we're good (well, I would be. You would just be about a Billion lighter.).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 2:54am

    Sounds about right. Taxpayers are paying for the works anyway, so they should be able to freely access them.

     

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    -, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 3:02am

    It's yet not fully what will be considered public information, but the talk was about openness other government related bodies, no word about patents and such.

    Full recording of the meeting (in Polish):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f8nLz94oQ8
    The quote starts at 24:47

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 3:04am

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    Sorry, one edition was unfinished, the first sentence was supposed to be:
    It's yet not fully what will be considered public information, but the talk was about openness of government and other related bodies, no word about patents and such.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 5:00am

    I've always believed drug research done with federal money should be benefitting the public more. At some point a corporation locks up the drug that results without repaying the public coffers for the research that lead to the result.

     

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    jweb (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 5:24am

    hmm.. about those bail out funds..

     

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    Di Fiasco (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 5:37am

    Re: re Airbus A380 Superjumbo not a bad idea.

    That's ok - we could just steal their new schematics as they appear and sell them to Embraer to pay for our own manufacturing costs.

     

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    Beta (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 6:12am

    let us not forget

    How about applying this to publicly funded art?

     

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    -, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 6:52am

    https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikisource/en/wiki/Polish_Copyright_Law_from_4_February_1994

    "The copyright shall not cover:
    (...)
    2) official documents, materials, logos and symbols
    (...)"
    Yes, art is no different.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 1st, 2011 @ 7:10am

    Yup!

    And if they don't like it, they can fund their own research.

     

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    weneedhelp (profile), Jun 1st, 2011 @ 8:29am

    Gasp!!!

    You mean give the people what they paid for? But but but...

     

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