]> CLUE - CLUE blogs http://www.cluecan.ca/taxonomy/term/86/0 en 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 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 FOSS Jumps Over the Great Firewall of China http://www.cluecan.ca/node/743 <p>My longtime colleague Brian Osborn, publisher of <a href="http://www.linux-magazine.com/">Linux Magazine</a> (which is what it's callled everywhere in the world except for the US and Canada where it's "<a href="http://www.linuxpromagazine.com/">Linux Pro Magazine</a>") has been calling special attention to a recent article they've published, regarding <a href="http://www.linuxpromagazine.com/online/features/openvpn_counters_censorship">the use of open source software to circumvent China's Internet censorship mechanisms</a>. The article describes the mechaisms, as well as <a href="http://openvpn.net/">the software used</a> to get around it all. Interesting reading, especially timely considering the Olympics.</p> CLUE blogs FOSS in the News Thu, 07 Aug 2008 14:42:00 -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 SCO loses in court again, but Sun's the loser this time http://www.cluecan.ca/node/739 <p>I've started blogging on my website, Xunil.com, and <a href="http://xunil.com/sco-loses-but-so-does-sun">this was my first entry</a>. The subject line says it all; I think the real loser today was not SCO (what's one more slap?) but Sun, a newcomer to this soap opera.</p> CLUE blogs Thu, 17 Jul 2008 20:02:09 -0400 Hamilton Linux User Group mini-Conference http://www.cluecan.ca/node/734 <p>The Hamilton Linux User Group is having a conference on Saturday June 7th from 9am to 5pm at St. Andrews United Church, 479 Upper Paradise Road, Hamilton, ON. </p> <p>Topics will include the OpenOffice office suite, Asterisk phone server, Zimbra email and collaboration/groupware suite and the Linux operating system. The focus being on F/OSS applications for business and end-users.</p> CLUE blogs About the Community Hamilton LUG Tue, 20 May 2008 15:42:50 -0400 Does Windows have a skeleton key? http://www.cluecan.ca/node/732 <p>The Seatlle Times reports that <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/microsoft/2004379751_msftlaw29.html">Microsoft has been making available a tool for law enforcement</a> that, amongst other things, decrypts protected files on Windows systems.</p> CLUE blogs FOSS in the News Tue, 29 Apr 2008 13:46:22 -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 Fighting Software Piracy http://www.cluecan.ca/node/642 <p>I know it has been a while since I last posted but Anti-piracy ads on the radio have prompted me to say that there is no reason to use pirated software. We, meaning CLUE members and affiliates, use F/LOSS but I think that we do not do enough to get our message to the general public. As a result, Microsoft Office, one of MS's best money generators, it is also one of the most pirated suites. </p> CLUE blogs Wed, 04 Apr 2007 15:09:21 -0400 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 Copyright-related Policy summary from CLUE: Canada's Association for Open Source http://www.cluecan.ca/node/472 <p>CLUE presented our <A href="/policy/copyright">copyright policy summary</A> to officials at Heritage Canada on December 1, 2006. The proposals include a support for a living "Fair Use" model, as well as an opposition to laws which protect specific brands of technology rather than protecting creativity.</p> CLUE blogs Patents & Copyrights Wed, 06 Dec 2006 17:17:14 -0500 Software and Community in the Early 21st Century http://www.cluecan.ca/node/466 <p>There are many reasons why people become interested in FLOSS. For some it is the cost of the software, and for others it is the simpler economics of using fixed-cost rather than marginal-cost based business models. When I was introduced to Free Software back in 1992 it was the way in which this community protected the interests the smallest entrepreneur from the largest business predators. I now see FLOSS in a much broader historical and international context.</p> <p>One of the beauties of this movement is that you can have people with very different (and sometimes conflicting) political philosophies who are able to work together towards common goals. FLOSS is non-partisan, even when each of us might be participating for our own partisan reasons.</p> <p>The most inspirational speaker on the perspective I share is <a href="http://emoglen.law.columbia.edu/">Eben Moglen</A>. As a law historian and professor he has a grasp on the historical context that our movement has. We are worldwide in the beginnings of something as important as the industrial revolution. The questions we ask in the Free Software movement, and how they are answered, will shape many aspects of our lives in the future. Free Software may not solve world hunger, but I happen to believe that the philosophies behind it are a big part of the solution.</p> <p>To get a taste of this vision, please watch the inspirational keynote speech Mr. Moglen gave at the <A href="http://plone.org/events/conferences/seattle-2006">Plone conference in October 2006</A>.</p> <ul > <li ><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NorfgQlEJv8">Watch it, comment on it, share it at YouTube</a></li> <li ><a href="http://www.archive.org/details/eben-moglen-oct-2006">Watch it, download it, remix it at Archive.org</a><br /> CLUE blogs Published opinions Thu, 23 Nov 2006 10:20:30 -0500 The power of diversity in FLOSS http://www.cluecan.ca/node/462 <p>There is quite a bit of talk about the Microsoft-Novell deal, Oracle's support for RedHat Linux, Sun's <A href="http://www.sun.com/smi/Press/sunflash/2006-11/sunflash.20061113.1.xml">release of Java as FLOSS</A> using the GNU GPL, and many other Linux and Open Source stories. They got me to thinking: We don't know which strategies being carried out by various companies are likely to succeed in the marketplace, but we do know that whoever wins they can't help but be part of the Linux/FLOSS ecosystem.</p> CLUE blogs Patents & Copyrights Mon, 13 Nov 2006 13:55:25 -0500