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Hacker Tax Credit

A Hacker Tax Credit is a simple step that gives social entrepreneurs the means to recover some of their operational and developmental costs as a credit on their income taxes. If you agree (or disagree) write your Congressman or Senator.

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What the Pundits Say

Dan Gillmor of the San Jose Mercury News had this to say about that:

    Sunday, December 11, 1998
    I'm in favor of another grass-roots effort that is about to begin, courtesy of Net activist Carl Malamud, who was the primary brains and brawn behind putting online the path-breaking Edgar database at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Edgar contains filings by publicly traded U.S. companies, and it's one of the most useful services of its kind. Malamud's vows earlier this year to post patent and trademark filings on the Net also prodded the government to do the right thing itself.

    Now Malamud is urging Congress to enact a tax credit or deduction for expenses incurred in the creation of open-source software. It's a great idea. When you think of contributions to the public good, open-source software should be high on the list. The "Hacker Tax Credit," Malamud says half-jokingly, is "a simple subroutine that could easily be compiled into the U.S. Code."

Dan Gillmor isn't the only one who's weighed in on the subject. Here's some other commentary by the news media and politicians:

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