]> CLUE - Published opinions http://www.cluecan.ca/taxonomy/term/88/0 en 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 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 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 How Vista Lets Microsoft Lock Users In - News by InformationWeek http://www.cluecan.ca/node/474 <p>Interesting I think to CLUE</p> <p>http://tinyurl.com/yfvq69</p> Published opinions Discuss Thu, 07 Dec 2006 11:15:16 -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 CLUE policy coordinator at the Alternative Telecommunications Policy Forum http://www.cluecan.ca/node/444 <p>CLUE supporters might ask what Telecommunications Policy has to do with Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS), and why I would be at the <A HREF="http://alttelecompolicyforum.ca/">Alternative Telecommunications Policy Forum</A>. My interest in FLOSS came out of my interest in community networking where networks and the software that controls them are decentrally controlled. It turns out that many of the recent and most controversial "copyright" related policies that threaten FLOSS, such as anti-circumvention policy (legal protection for DRM, DMCA, 1996 WIPO treaties), is also a derivative of telecommunications policy discussions, but with the opposite vision of these networks.</p> Published opinions Patents & Copyrights Sun, 22 Oct 2006 22:38:19 -0400 A perspective on the freelance journalism case from CLUE: Canada's Association for Open Source. http://www.cluecan.ca/node/439 <p>On October 12, 2006, the Supreme Court of Canada released a decision in a case first launched in 1996 by Heather Robertson, a freelance journalist, and Thompson Corporation, the then-owner of the Globe and Mail. (Citation: <A HREF="http://scc.lexum.umontreal.ca/en/2006/2006scc43/2006scc43.html">Robertson v. Thomson Corp., 2006 SCC 43</A>) </p> From and about CLUE Published opinions Patents & Copyrights Wed, 18 Oct 2006 11:02:17 -0400 Why UserFriendly went private again http://www.cluecan.ca/node/27 <p><a href="http://entertainment.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=05/12/21/2120228&amp;from=rss">Why UserFriendly went private again</a> - <em >For many in the computer industry, the UserFriendly comic strip is the first Web page they open in the morning. However, only its most loyal readers are aware that, over the past five years, the company behind the cartoon has wandered into the public equity market, only to return to the status of a private company. Recently, I talked about this journey with JD Frazer, the creator of the strip, and David Barton, vice president of UserFriendly.org. Their account is a practical lesson in the difficulties involved in such business maneuvers -- to say nothing of a testimony to their collective ability to keep their business, ethics, and audience intact.</em> [<a href="http://www.newsforge.com/">Newsforge</a>]</p> Published opinions Buyers and Sellers Wed, 04 Jan 2006 11:36:22 -0500 Do LUGs still matter? http://www.cluecan.ca/node/22 <p><a href="http://software.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=05/12/23/193238&amp;from=rss">Do LUGs still matter?</a> - <em >Commentary -- There is no question that LUGs -- Linux User Groups -- have been important to the rapid growth and adoption of Linux. In the early years, a typical LUG brought together early adopters from every walk of life who had a missionary zeal for Linux. Today, most members are IT professionals. Given that, I wonder, do LUGs matter any longer?</em> [<a href="http://www.newsforge.com/">Newsforge</a>]</p> Published opinions About the Community Sat, 24 Dec 2005 23:24:47 -0500 Postal http://www.cluecan.ca/node/20 <p><a href="http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/1607">Postal codes by federal ridings (2003 representation order) file (PCFRF) tools</a> - <em >I have had a few people ask about it, so I decided to publish the tools I created. If you use this, please let me know and please send any enhancements.<br /> Please also consider lobbying the government to fix the fact that this database is excessively expensive rather than it being free and shareable.<br /> See the <A href="http://civicspacelabs.org/home/node/15413">CivicSpace posting</A> for details.<br /> Download tools (updated periodically): <A href="http://www.digital-copyright.ca/pcfrf/pcfrf.tgz">digital-copyright.ca/pcfrf/pcfrf.tgz</A></p> Published opinions FOSS in the News Mon, 19 Dec 2005 11:18:34 -0500 Letter to Toronto Star: Little balance in copyright reform http://www.cluecan.ca/node/19 <p><a href="http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/1606">Letter to Toronto Star: Little balance in copyright reform</a> - <em >Chris Smith of Toronto <a href="http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&amp;c=Article&amp;cid=1134601812286&amp;call_pageid=970599119419">send a letter to the Toronto Star</A>:<br /> In her letter, Sarmite Bulte (MP, Parkdale-High Park) is being disingenuous in her description of the Liberal government's copyright reform actions in Bill C-60. That bill, when seen in the recent light of Sony BMG's approach to protecting music copyrights, left average Canadians potentially open to copyright infringement liability if they tried to restore the security of their home computers.</p> Published opinions Patents & Copyrights Mon, 19 Dec 2005 11:16:25 -0500