Modify the ICT procurement policy
This policy should be closely linked to the IP section of the ICT procurement policy, see Gudeilines for the treatment of intellectual property in ICT contracts. This document gives three options for the treatment of IP:
> Three options are recommended for the treatment of IPR in ICT contracts:
* The Customer Agency owns all new IP in the deliverables, with no licence back to the
* The Customer Agency owns all new IP in the deliverables, with a licence back to the
Supplier for its commercial exploitation.
* The Supplier owns all new IP in the deliverables, and provides a licence to the Customer
Agency and other State Services agencies for any purpose other than commercial
We have successfully used this policy in the last year to help us retain IP in software we developed for a government client. The decision tree in the document and templated contract clauses were extremely useful to help us discuss this with a client in a straightfoward way.
At least one of these options should recommend open sourcing. Ideally there is strong commitment from government (open by default) and this is the default option. It would be a shame to have a great open source licence but no way to get to it be following these IP guidelines.