Re: TPP software provisions

David A. Wheeler

Dennis Clark:
I would be very interested to know if any of you have any thoughts about the TPP provisions that impact software distribution, particularly source code redistribution obligations: 
I asked someone else whose legal opinion I respect about this. (I don't have permission to share his name, so I won't do that here.) He said that the view of that article is misleading; instead, this provision precludes conditioning territorial market access on mandatory source code disclosure. In other words, as I understand it, a country can't require that ALL software from outside provide the source code to just that country.

If *that* is the correct interpretation then I'm fine with this text; I don't see that as restraining trade or FLOSS. That said, if that interpretation is wrong, please let me & others know.

--- David A. Wheeler

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