]> CLUE - Patents &amp; Copyrights http://www.cluecan.ca/taxonomy/term/69/0 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 The Barenaked Smear Job: A C-61 connection? http://www.cluecan.ca/node/742 <p>By now most Canadians know that <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barenaked_ladies">Barenaked Ladies</a> lead singer Steven Page has been arrested in New York in relation to alleged cocaine possession.</p> <p>An <a href="http://broadcastthis.wordpress.com/2008/07/19/why-steven-page-has-been-whacked/#comment-59">interesting observation</a> on news reports about Page's arrest suggest not only a massive smear campaign going on in the media (for instance, he never admitted to using the coke as some reports have asserted), but potentially a nasty motive behind the smear.</p> CLUE blogs Patents & Copyrights Mon, 21 Jul 2008 00:08:07 -0400 Charlie Angus: Parliament's biggest C-61 foe? http://www.cluecan.ca/node/741 <p>Popular news site <a href="http://torrentfreak.com">TorrentFreak</a> has singled out <a href="http://www.charlieangus.net/">Canadian MP Charlie Angus</a> (NDP --Timmins-James Bay) as <a href="http://torrentfreak.com/canadian-mp-three-strikes-law-is-idiotic-080706/">one of the world's more vocal politician critics</a> of DMCA-like laws such as Canada's pending C-61.</p> <p>Does anyone here know Charlie? Does personal experience here bear out his now-international reputation on the issue? And to what extent is his position backed by his party?</p> CLUE blogs Patents & Copyrights Sun, 20 Jul 2008 22:14:12 -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 December issue of the Open Source Business Resource http://www.cluecan.ca/node/714 <p>The <A href="http://www.osbr.ca/archive.php?issue=13&amp;section=Ar">December issue</A> of the <a href="http://www.osbr.ca/">Open Source Business Resource</A> is now out (<a href="http://www.techinformationinc.com/news/december.pdf">PDF</A>)</p> <p>This issue includes (pp 29-33 in the PDF) my article titled "Protecting Information Technology Property rights". This article, and a letter to the editor, also promote <A href="http://www.softwareinnovation.ca/">The Canadian Software Innovation Alliance</A>, which has launched a new website.</p> Published opinions FOSS in the News Patents & Copyrights Wed, 19 Dec 2007 09:46:05 -0500 Michael Geist on the EMI DRM Announcement http://www.cluecan.ca/node/641 <p><a href="http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/1848/125/">The EMI DRM Announcement</a> - <em >EMI and Apple <a href="http://www.publicknowledge.org/node/893">jointly announced today</a> that EMI will be making virtually its entire music catalog available without DRM. Their plan is to offer a higher priced version without DRM and with higher quality sound. This is obviously an important development - there is lots of DRM-free music available from independent labels, but the addition of the world's third largest music label is a game-changer.</p> CLUE blogs Patents & Copyrights Tue, 03 Apr 2007 00:02:54 -0400 CIPO Reviewing Software Patent Practice http://www.cluecan.ca/node/634 <p>A thank-you to Michael Geist for <A HREF="http://www.michaelgeist.ca/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=1758&amp;Itemid=196">blogging about a revision</A> of MOPOP.</p> <blockquote><p>Thanks to a reader for pointing out the the Canadian Intellectual Property Office is currently <a href="http://www.strategis.ic.gc.ca/sc_mrksv/cipo/patents/mopop/mopop_dnld-e.html">reviewing</a> several chapters from its <a href="http://www.strategis.ic.gc.ca/sc_mrksv/cipo/patents/mopop/mopop-e.html">Manual of Patent Office Practice</a> .&nbsp; Chapters subject to review include those covering software patents and biotechnology, matters of interest to the open source and scientific communities. CIPO provides details on submitting comments <a href="http://www.strategis.ic.gc.ca/sc_mrksv/cipo/patents/mopop/mopop_dnld-e.html">here</a>.<br /> </BLOCKQUOTE></p> Patents & Copyrights Fri, 23 Feb 2007 08:01:05 -0500 Alphabet soup of acronyms: TPM, DRM, TCPA, RMS, RMI http://www.cluecan.ca/node/616 <p>There is an alphabet soup of acronyms people use when talking about some of the controversies around copyright related issues. While learning the acronyms are hard enough, we also have to deal with the fact that different communities are using the terms in different ways. I have had the opportunity to interact with technical, legal and law making communities and will try to make sense out of a few most often heard acronyms.</p> Patents & Copyrights Tue, 30 Jan 2007 14:11:28 -0500 Changes to Canadian copyright act imminent: Likely to attack FLOSS. http://www.cluecan.ca/node/611 <p><A HREF="http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/1606/125/">Michael Geist has an article</A> about how <A HREF="http://www.680news.com/news/national/article.jsp?content=n011061A">Canadian Press is reporting</A> that the introduction of a copyright reform bill is imminent.</p> <p>Expect to see a lot of Graham Henderson misinformation (lies? Maybe he doesn't understand technology enough to know better) about DRM, and the false claim that there is a need to attack the tangible property rights of Canadians in order to protect the business models of specific copyright holders.</p> <blockquote><p>"I've often said, if you've bought it, you're my best friend, knock yourself out," Henderson said of the music his members sell. "You've just bought a valuable piece of property, and you want to be able to use it to the fullest extent you can - without cheating the system."</BLOCKQUOTE></p> Patents & Copyrights Thu, 11 Jan 2007 10:32:20 -0500