Require companies who abandon or discontinue products to release software to public domain

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Chuck Stapleton started this petition to Free Software Foundation

Acurite has recently discontinued service and support for their SmartHUB product rendering it useless as of February 28, 2019 for anyone who owns one. 

Acurite is not the first company to discontinue or abandon a product and make it useless, there are many more companies who have done the same thing before them. Countless people have invested money in these products to only have them become electronic waste.

When companies discontinue or abandon products, they should be required to release the software / firmware to the public domain so that they can continue to be used and or re-purposed.

 

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