In 1999 the Horowhenua Library Trust in New Zealand contracted with Katipo Communications to develop a new ILS before their existing system failed due to Y2K. During the proposal process, Katipo suggested to the library that the software they developed should be released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) to ensure the project lived on and would be able to be supported by other companies.
Ransom, Joann, Chris Cormack, and Rosalie Blake. "How Hard Can It Be? : Developing in Open Source.", The Code4Lib Journal no. 7 (June 26, 2009). http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/1638.
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