Why is software created using taxpayers’ money not released as Free Software?

We want legislation requiring that publicly financed software developed for the public sector be made publicly available under a Free and Open Source Software licence. If it is public money, it should be public code as well.

Code paid by the people should be available to the people!

Sounds complicated? It's not. It's super easy!

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Reasons for Public Code


Tax savings

Similar applications don't have to be programmed from scratch every time.

Collaboration

Efforts on major projects can share expertise and costs.

Serving the public

Applications paid by the public should be available for everyone.

Fostering innovation

With transparent processes, others don't have to reinvent the wheel.

Free Software gives everybody the right to use, study, share and improve software. This right helps support other fundamental freedoms like freedom of speech, press and privacy.

Do you believe that Free Software should be the default option for publicly financed software? Let’s convince your political representatives!

Sign the Open Letter

Tell Your Representatives!


In our open letter we demand:

“Implement legislation requiring that publicly financed software developed for the public sector be made publicly available under a Free and Open Source Software licence.”

89 organisations and 13204 individuals already support this call for action by signing our open letter. You can help us make a much bigger impact by signing it, too! We will hand over all signatures to representatives all over Europe that are debating software freedom in public administration.



Supporting Organisations


The following organisations support our open letter. If your organisation is also interested in joining the call for Public Code, please contact us.

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