It features their official app and is a great move towards user rights and freedom. Sadly the app isn't free and open source software, although it's financed by taxpayers’ money.
If it is public money, it should be public code as well. #PublicCode
@soerengeti @kuketzblog Gerne kann auch der deutschsprachige Artikel verlinkt werden: https://mastodon.technology/@fdroidorg/100861532260617969
nitpicking: radio licence fees are not taxes.
@mmu_man public, sure (that's the point of public broadcast, right? :) ), but not a tax. The difference is important to keep PB and state separate. And sure, that code has to be free, as well as all funded programs.
@IzzyOnDroid Holding a licence has nothing to do with executing it, everyone who holds a drivers licence and doesn't drive still paid the fees. (Granted, they are not recurring in most jurisdictions).
A tax can only be collected by the state, which not the case for german public broadcast.
And of course, all output, be it code or programs have to be free!
@tercean difference is, the driver made the decision to obtain it. And that taxes can only be collected by the state is one argument of those deeming that "broadcast tax" illegal.
But let's end this. Finally we agree: what has been paid with public money should be in the public domain, and not proprietary/closed source.
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