The Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation has prepared a draft amendment to the government decree on import substitution in the software area, according to which Russian developers will not need to confirm a “significant modification” of a free open source software product, “Vedomosti” informs with reference to the document.
The experts say that the mandatory requirement to prove the originality of the product was proposed by market participants, it was discussed by the expert council on software issues last fall. However, this clause disappeared from the final version of the document, according to the representatives of three major developers. It means that companies using elements or copies of foreign free software can also apply for inclusion in the register of domestic programs and participate in public procurement, the newspaper writes.
The final version of the document did not include the mention of the quota for representatives of domestic developer associations to participate in the expert council on software. The document also did not include the previously proposed requirement to enter each program in software collections into the register separately.
Free software is distributed under free license terms. Significant modifications and changes to the open source allow its developers to have exclusive rights to the derivative product. Currently the register of domestic software includes “Basealt SPO”, Astra Linux, AlterOffice.