Toronto Star: Who should own your wedding pictures?

Michael Geist's most recent column in the Toronto Star addresses the issue of photography that has dominated the forum for the last week.

In addition, the bill raises serious privacy concerns since consumers may find themselves unable to stop photographers from using their photographs without their consent.

Although the Supreme Court of Canada has used Quebec law to protect the privacy of the subject of a photograph in one case, the applicability of that decision may be limited to Quebec.

The under-reported election story.

This paper shows how small vote manipulations can swing elections (Cite, PDF), showing that the "computer error" would not have to be major.

I have been amazed about how under-reported the approximately 1/3 ballot-less voting in the US election is receiving. There will be no record of the fraud, and even if an error were detected the blind trust of software vendors (authors of the secret election process) would have people misdirected into blaming "computer error".

The Durga Puja picture that may never again be possible

I have received quite a bit of feedback on my article The Durga Puja picture that may never again be possible which explains what I think is wrong with the copyright reform direction being taken around photography. I have attended meetings for Senate bill S-9. The debate in our forum on this topic showed diversity of opinions, demonstrating that we are quite different than a lobby or advocacy group promoting a single position.

Rumors of Microsoft's Demise Are Premature...But Not Unthinkable

In his recent book, Seeing What's Next, which he coauthored with Erik Roth and Scott Anthony, Christensen provides a sober, theoretical framework for circumstances under which companies offering modular open source solutions have a competitive advantage over companies offering the integrated architectural solutions such as Microsoft's Windows franchise.

Read full article by Christian Einfeldt

Infoworld: U.K. government report cites merits of open source

This Infoworld article by Scarlet Pruitt includes:

"Coming from the influential OGC, this is undoubtedly a boost for open source software in the U.K., where until recently interest has lagged that in many other European countries," Ovum Ltd. analyst Eric Woods wrote in an assessment of the report.

Report at Open Source Software Trials in Government: Final report

Penguin Day

Penguin Day Conference in Toronto
The migration begins ... Saturday, November 20th 2004

Penguin Day Toronto links non-profits leaders, activists and socially responsible techies for a day of question-asking, knowledge-sharing and networking about the potential of Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) for non-profit organizations.

Whether you're looking for software that can change the world or just want to find a way to get rid of all those nasty viruses, Penguin Day will expand your knowledge of how F/OSS applications can help non-profits. It will also provide you with a chance to help refine the vision and vocabulary which are guiding the civil society + free software movement that is emerging all around the world.

Copyright and the Mouse: How Disney's Mickey Mouse Changed the World

This Digital Journal By Jack Kapica includes:

The same distracted Congress ... passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which essentially gave copyright holders a mighty hammer ... The DMCA, as it came to be known, was officially created to ratify the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Copyright Treaty of 1996. But it was a much more draconian piece of legislation than the WIPO called for, essentially allowing copyright holders to bypass the courts in getting warrants to charge violators.

NoSoftwarePatents.com Launches Campaign Against Software Patents in the EU

The 20 October 2004 press release includes:

"Software patents are used for anti-competitive purposes, stifle innovation, and would cost the entire economy and society dearly"

In Canada we await the promised public publishing this month of Chapter 26 of the Manual of Patent Office Practices drafted for the review of computer implemented inventions and business methods.

University Affairs - Letters - Red light on copyright

A letter to the editor from Wallace McLean includes:

The Internet licensing scheme is also just one of several terrible recommendations in the committee’s May report, all of which flew under the chaff of the federal election and a lousy summer. And that suits the proponents just fine: the less attention they receive, the less likely their agenda is to get derailed.

Microsoft Advised To Learn To Love Linux

This
CNET News.com article by Martin LaMonica includes:

Management guru Clayton Christensen has a paradoxical answer for Microsoft to the challenge posed by open source: invest in Linux applications for handheld devices.

Christensen, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, is the author of the 1997 "Innovator's Dilemma," a book that describes how good companies often fail because business managers don't embrace "disruptive" technologies.

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