Harmful Provision Buried in National Defense Bill

Harmful Provision Buried in National Defense Bill
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While some high-profile policy fights are playing out this week in the Senate on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a little-noticed provision was discovered in the NDAA that may prove harmful to intellectual property rights.

Buried in that bill is a provision that would change dramatically the way the Pentagon contracts with technology companies. Right now, tech companies that provide source codes for communication and management at the Department of Defense can keep those codes private. The NDAA would change that practice.

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