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April 25, 2011

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Open source champion supports Microsoft in i4i patent challenge

Nestor E. Arellano included an interview with me in his coverage of the patent case between Toronto's i4i and Microsoft.

“It would be very easy for me to wave the open source banner and yell ‘down with Microsoft’ or wrap myself in the Canadian flag and cheer 'yeah for i4i.' But it’s far better to support what’s right than be concerned with who or the brands that are involved,” he added.

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December 31, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Copyright related policy discussion for 2010

(This article originally posted to CLUE's blog)

For New Years eve I thought I would be useful to visit our Copyright-related Policy summary in the context of events in 2010. After a summary I will offer some suggestions of what people should do in the coming year to protect our rights and interests.

The Conservative government tabled a copyright Bill C-32 on June 2 which was debated and then passed at second reading on November 5'th. It was sent to a special legislative committee that held 8 meetings before parliament was adjourned until Monday, January 31, 2011. Being passed at second reading doesn't make it law, and there are many more stages for this bill to follow.

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June 23, 2010

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Five questions... on OpenAttitude.com

Andrew Currie posted an interview he did with me last evening, in advance of my participation in a live streamed episode of DyscultureD this evening.

August 27, 2009

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Canadian law should be updated to protect us from digital locks

Georgia Straight has been publishing a series of op-eds on copyright. I authored an article on behalf of CLUE that took aim at the article by Danielle Parr from the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

August 28, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» FACIL launches lawsuit against Quebec government to close loophole

FACIL sent out press release (english press release, which includes a link to a translation of their court filing) that documents their launching of a case in Quebec Superior Court. The case is intended to end a loophole being used by the Quebec provincial government to award contracts to proprietary software suppliers without an adequate evaluation of all the options, including Free/Libre and Open Source Software options.

I was interviewed by Peter Nowak for CBC News last evening about the case. Even though I hadn't read the documents from FACIL yet, guessed which loophole they were trying to close.

Read full article on IT World Canada »

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July 17, 2008

Digital Copyright Canada
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Digital Copyright Canada
» Canadian open source community upset over proposed copyright law

An article by Ian Palmer for Linux.com discusses the impact of Bill C-61 on the Free/Libre and Open Source Software sector. It includes quotes from Sean Hurley (Tillsonburg, Ontario-based Open Computing), Ken Clark (intellectual property lawyer), and myself (CSIA member, CLUE policy coordinator, FLOSS developer).

Ken Clark spoke as a lawyer, and not as someone with any technical background. He suggested that "DRM might provide a way to prevent rampant copying", which anyone with a technical background would realize is not the case.