Toronto firm fined for unlicensed software use : Move sparks piracy debate

This IT World Canada article by Nestor E. Arellano includes:

The anti-piracy body acted within its rights in leveling fines, but its actions exhibit a failure to adjust to technology and economic trends, according to Russell McOrmond, policy coordinator of CLUE (The Canadian Association for Open Source). CLUE promotes the use and development of free and open-source software.

"CAAST's problem is not the lawlessness of their customers, but their own failure to embrace new business models suited to the Internet era," said McOrmond.

The most ominous part of the article was at the end where Jacquie Famulak, CAAST president, says that funds from their "anti-piracy" efforts, "are also used for activities which Famulak described as 'working with government to see that laws are updated and that we have a voice.'".

What she really means is lobby the government to favour the legacy business models they represent over competitors such as the commercial FLOSS sector that we represent. While we support a full spectrum, they support making legitimate competition either impractical or outright illegal, through laws such as anti-circumvention laws which create platform monopolies, or software patents which offer no mechanism to be licensed by FLOSS developers.