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Open source group: copyright bill will hurt innovators
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.
**This is the text of the initial CSIA mailing that was sent out in December, 2005.**
Canada's open-source professionals and open-source advocates are coming together to make sure Canada's copyright law continues to support creativity and encourage innovation. Content industry lobbyists are calling for new controls that threaten important activities such as the right to reverse engineer, the right to create interoperable software and the right to conduct security research. These rights are crucial to software innovators and need to be guaranteed.
Canadian Software Innovation Alliance Green Sheet
Know your rights as an open source developer!
The Copyright Act isn't only about stopping people from copying music, movies, and software. Copyright law is also about balance between the rights of creators and the rights of users, and the Copyright Act makes sure of that.
Note: A new website has been launched at softwareinnovation.ca. This is a historical page from 2005.
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The following open source companies and professionals are members of the Canadian software innovation alliance, and support copyright laws that supports the to create interoperable systems, reverse engineer, and conduct security research.
Membership is open to any company or organization that develops, maintains, or depends on open source software.
Open Source Companies
Wireless Nomad Co-Op
FLORA Community Consulting,
OpenConcept Consulting, Mike Gifford
Xelerance Corporation, Michael Richardson
Tucows Inc., Joey DeVilla
Sandelman.ca, Michael Richardson
Openflows Networks Ltd. Jesse Hirsh
Openject Consulting, Colan Schwartz
Naoi Technologies, Bill Traynor
Guided Vision, David Numan
PATH tech, G. Roderick Singleton
Open Selection, G. Roderick Singleton
Open Enterprise Solutions, http://www.openenterprise.ca, Johnny Stork
Open Computing, http://www.opencomputing.ca, Chris Jezovnik
Note: A new website has been launched at softwareinnovation.ca. This is a historical page from 2006.
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