]> Russell McOrmond's blog http://www.cluecan.ca/blog/20 en After the SOPA protests, what is our message to returning Canadian politicians? http://www.cluecan.ca/node/1199 <p>The protests in the USA over SOPA seem to have got the attention of the US politicians. While I don't think the war against these harmful job-killing legislative proposals are over, it is good to see a few won battles. Canadians federal MPs are returning to the House of Commons on January 30'th, and it is expected that Bill C-11 will go to committee soon. We need to ensure that Canadian MPs don't remain oblivious to the harm contained in these proposals, including the harm to Canadian creators. While there are various avenues to voice our opposition, petition signing may be the most effective for the time spent.</p> Patents & Copyrights Sat, 28 Jan 2012 12:36:34 -0500 Whose Software Freedom? A 20-year perspective. http://www.cluecan.ca/node/1198 <p>According to <A HREF="http://groups.google.com/groups?q=McOrmond+group:gnu.misc.discuss&amp;filter=0">Google's archive of gnu.misc.discuss</A>, 1992 was the year I became active in the Free Software movement. While the earliest posting I can find appears to be <A HREF="http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=rwm.697776780%40atronx.OCUnix.On.Ca">a naive copyright question about the public domain</A>, other messages from the first few months of 1992 suggest I was already engaged in some of the discussions. With the new year approaching, I wanted to offer some thoughts on one of the conversations that has been constant the last 20 years. I then invite you to offer your own thoughts in <a HREF="http://www.cluecan.ca/lists">CLUE's discuss@ mailing list</A>.</p> CLUE blogs Patents & Copyrights Fri, 23 Dec 2011 10:03:52 -0500 Why Heritage Minister James Moore is wrong on Bill C-11 "technological protection measures" (TPMs) http://www.cluecan.ca/node/1197 <p>I received a reply from Heritage Minister James Moore dated December 2, 2011. I'm not certain which letter it was in reply to, but it could have been my <A href="http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/5350">Who is the Candice Hoeppner for information technology owners?</A> letter I sent to all Conservative MP's back in May/June.</p> <p>While I am posting the full text of his reply, I wanted to offer a quick response explaining why I think he is wrong on the impacts of the "technological protection measures" aspects of Bill C-11. (See: <A href="http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/5379">earlier article for a description of real-world technologies being discussed</A>)</p> CLUE blogs Patents & Copyrights Sat, 03 Dec 2011 18:52:02 -0500 Open source champion supports Microsoft in i4i patent challenge http://www.cluecan.ca/node/1196 <p>Nestor E. Arellano included an interview with me as policy coordinator for CLUE <A href="http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/home/news.asp?id=62220">in his coverage of the patent case</A> between Toronto's i4i and Microsoft.</p> <p>“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,”</p> CLUE in the News Interviews Patents & Copyrights Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:26:00 -0400 Technology and Open Source policy in Election 2011 http://www.cluecan.ca/node/1195 <p>If you are itching to discuss technology issues as part of the 2011 federal election, please head over to the <A href="http://Digital-Copyright.ca">Digital Copyright Canada site</A>, hosted by CLUE's policy coordinator. There are per-electoral district blogs where you may find out something interesting happening in your area. Please sign up and have your say!</p> Patents & Copyrights Mon, 04 Apr 2011 17:06:33 -0400 Copyright related policy discussion for 2010 http://www.cluecan.ca/node/1194 <p>For New Years eve I thought I would be useful to visit our <A HREF="/policy/copyright">Copyright-related Policy summary</A> 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.</p> <p>The Conservative government tabled a <A HREF="http://BillC32.ca">copyright Bill C-32</A> 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.</p> CLUE blogs Patents & Copyrights Fri, 31 Dec 2010 12:05:52 -0500 Should the iPad be illegal? http://www.cluecan.ca/node/1193 <p>I would like to clarify quotes in two recent CBC articles by Peter Nowak: <A href="http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/05/20/copyright-legislation-drm-debate.html">Copyright bill may spark battle over who owns what</A> and <A href="http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/05/27/apple-ipad-canada-launch.html">Apple iPad hits Canada amid controversy</A>.</p> <p>In each it is suggested that I believe that the iPad should be illegal. What I said should be illegal is the application of non-owner locks to technology. I am not concerned with Apples technology, only radical changes to the law that legalize and/or legally protect a form of theft.</p> CLUE in the News Published opinions Patents & Copyrights Fri, 28 May 2010 09:54:07 -0400 How to avoid the benefits of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) http://www.cluecan.ca/node/1192 <p><A href="http://flora.ca/floss">FLOSS</A> offers many benefits over software that has a sole proprietor and is funded by royalties. Examples of sole proprietor software are packages such as Microsoft Office where there is a single entity which either owns or is relicensing the exclusive rights on the software, and thus is the sole entity which can provide many levels of software support.</p> <p>While I recommend against this, it is possible to use FLOSS and yet receive none of the benefits beyond lower ($0) royalty payments. Government departments seem to do this all the time, not wanting to accept the advantages of FLOSS (misinterpreting software acquisition policy? Ideologically predisposed to sole proprietor software? Offer your thoughts in the comments...).</p> <p>The two most common ways to avoid the benefits of FLOSS can be summarized by two acronyms: COTS and DIY.</p> <p>&gt;&gt; <A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2009/09/19/how-to-avoid-benefits-floss/">Read full article</A> on IT World Canada's blog</p> Other Canadian blogs FOSS in the News Sat, 19 Sep 2009 12:07:36 -0400 An open door for open source? http://www.cluecan.ca/node/748 <p><A href="http://www.cbc.ca/canada/ottawa/story/2009/02/12/tech-feds-open-source.html">CBC news reporter Emily Chung</A> interviewed a number of people in the community on the <A href="http://www.merx.com/English/SUPPLIER_Menu.Asp?WCE=Show&amp;TAB=1&amp;PORTAL=MERX&amp;State=7&amp;id=PW-%24%24EE-015-18733&amp;FED_ONLY=0&amp;hcode=Au64x22Vv9pVNE3IKtFp3Q%3d%3d">Canadian Government RFI</A> on what they called "No Charge Licensed Software (NCLS)".</p> CLUE in the News Published opinions FOSS in the News Sat, 14 Feb 2009 10:42:56 -0500 Free Software and the Canadian Federal Election 2008 http://www.cluecan.ca/node/746 <p>The <A href="http://www.fsf.org">Free Software Foundation (FSF)</A> is a donor supported charity founded in 1985 and based in Boston, MA, USA. The FSF has a worldwide mission to promote computer user freedom and to defend the rights of all free software users. They have sister organizations in <A href="http://www.fsfeurope.org/">Europe</A>, <A href="http://www.fsf.org.in/">India</A> and <A href="http://www.fsfla.org">Latin America</A>.</p> <p>Since any inclusion of legal protection for "technological measures" in the law regulates what software citizens are allowed to run on their own computer, they have an interest in this issue. Canadians who are part of the Free Software Community really need to get involved in this election to ensure that the rights of Canadian Free Software users are protected. Richard Stallman, founder and president of the FSF, requested that I write this article to give our community some ideas of what to do.</p> <p>Read the <A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/09/11/fsf-election2008/">rest of this entry on IT World Canada's blog</A> »</p> Other Canadian blogs FOSS in the News Thu, 11 Sep 2008 10:52:45 -0400 Evan Prodromou is a TWiT. http://www.cluecan.ca/node/745 <p>Congrats to Montreal-based <A href="http://evan.prodromou.name/">Evan Prodromou</A> who seems to have enlisted <A href="http://www.twitterholic.com/">#3 Twitterholic</A> <A href="http://leoville.com/">Leo Laporte</A> in <A href="http://identi.ca/evan">Evan</A>'s attempt to open up Twitter with <A href="http://identi.ca/">Identi.ca</A>. To learn more about Evan's awesome project, check out <A href="http://twit.tv/floss37">FLOSS Weekly 37: Laconica</A>. See also: <A href="http://army.twit.tv/">Army.TWiT.tv</A>.</p> FOSS in the News Mon, 01 Sep 2008 20:09:17 -0400 FACIL launches lawsuit against Quebec government to close loophole http://www.cluecan.ca/node/744 <p>FACIL sent out press release (<A HREF="http://facil.qc.ca/en/media/20080828-facil-contests-the-quebec-government-purchasing-methods-for-software">english press release</A>, 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.</p> <p>I was interviewed by <A HREF="http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/08/27/tech-quebec.html">Peter Nowak for CBC News</A> last evening about the case. Even though I hadn't read the documents from FACIL yet, guessed which loophole they were trying to close.</p> <p>Read <A HREF="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/08/28/facil-launches-lawsuit-against-quebec-government-to-close-loophole/">full article on IT World Canada</A> »</p> CLUE in the News Interviews Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:01:20 -0400 Open source group: copyright bill will hurt innovators http://www.cluecan.ca/node/735 <p>For immediate release: Ottawa, June 16, 2008</p> <p>Open source group: copyright bill will hurt innovators<br /> Canadian Software Innovation Alliance comes out against Bill C-61</p> <p>The Canadian Software Innovation Alliance (CSIA), a coalition of Canadian open source businesses and supporters, worries that Bill C-61, 'An Act to Amend the Copyright Act,' introduced by the Conservative government on June 12, threatens the open source business model.</p> Patents & Copyrights CSIA Tue, 17 Jun 2008 11:12:12 -0400 CLUE's involvement in Internet issues: ICANN, Net Neutrality and competitive access http://www.cluecan.ca/node/727 <p>As a demonstration of CLUE's involvement in issues beyond "Linux Users", I want to talk about some of the issues that Evan Leibovitch (past executive director) and I (as policy coordinator) are involved in.</p> <p>Evan has been acting as chair of the North American Region <A href="http://alac.icann.org/">At-Large Advisory Committee of ICANN</A> (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Evan will hopefully be blogging about his involvement soon, and some of the issues that the advisory committee deals with. People may get a taste for the types of issues by listening to the <A href="http://twit.tv/twil13">This week in Law episode 13 from last month</A>.</p> <p>While I spoke at <A href="http://it360.ca/">IT360</A> last week on the issue of Software Patents and Free/Libre and Open Source Software, recent interviews and blogging have been focused on the related issues of "Net Neutrality" and competitive access to telecommunications facilities. While these two issues are often lumped together or even confused for each other, I try to separate them in my articles.</p> <p><UL ><br /> <LI ><A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/04/14/more-bell-canada-misinformation-and-misdirection-in-attempt-to-justify-questionably-lawful-throttling/">More Bell Canada misinformation and misdirection in attempt to justify questionably lawful throttling</A><br /> <LI ><A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/03/29/separating-the-competitive-access-issues-from-the-net-neutrality-issues/">Separating the competitive access issues from the Net Neutrality issues</A><br /> <LI ><A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/03/20/an-ideal-future-communications-infrastructure-how-do-we-get-there-and-what-is-stopping-us/">An ideal future communications infrastructure, how do we get there, and what is stopping us!</A><br /> </UL></p> CLUE blogs From and about CLUE Other Canadian blogs Tue, 15 Apr 2008 14:36:49 -0400 Blogging on IT World Canada http://www.cluecan.ca/node/716 <p>I have started to offer commentary on the <a href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/">IT World Canada Blogs</A>. The first three articles are as follows:</p> <p><UL ><br /> <LI ><a href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/01/09/when-a-hardware-and-software-hacker-meets-lawyers-and-policy-wonks/">When a hardware and software hacker meets lawyers and policy wonks.</A><br /> <LI ><A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/01/11/we%e2%80%99re-not-thieves-we-just-can%e2%80%99t-read-contracts-mcafee-and-open-source/">We’re not thieves. We just can’t read contracts (McAfee and Open Source)</A><br /> <LI ><A href="http://blogs.itworldcanada.com/insights/2008/01/15/even-in-the-drm-debate-content-is-not-king/">Even in the “DRM” debate, Content is not King.</A><br /> </UL></p> Other Canadian blogs Tue, 15 Jan 2008 15:57:31 -0500