Open Source Pavilion at GTEC Week in Ottawa

From Joseph Potvin, IT Services Branch, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Following is the list of speakers within the "Open Source Pavilion" on the exhibition floor at next week in Ottawa, 19-20 Oct. Background on the theme is available here:

We will be publishing the content of this series of speakers on the internet as a "Compedium on Open Source Security Strategy" -- hopefully, the compendium will grow. Is Four


Today we are four. On 13 October 2000 Sun Microsystems donated the source to StarOffice to the open-source community.

Read more... is the reference implimentation of the OASIS open office XML standard. This is an important standard to break free of vendor dependance for office productivity software such as Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and graphics.

Toronto Star: Court decision foreshadows policy debate

This column by Michael Geist includes:

Upon reflection, however, it becomes clear that the fair dealing provisions will cease to be a concern for major publishers if they are effectively able to eliminate users' ability to make fair dealing copies by exerting technological and legal controls (known as anti-circumvention legislation) to block such copying.

Penguin Day Toronto: Connecting non-profits and open source

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.


Protecting ourselves to death: Canada, copyright, and the Internet

This article analyses the rhetoric of "protection" ubiquitous in Canadian discussions of copyright policy, and identifies among the various uses of the term both a problematic assumption that protection is or should be the primary function of copyright, and overblown claims about copyright’s power to protect Canadian culture and creators. These "common sense" ideas, fostered by rights–holder lobbies, emerge out of a peculiar Canadian history of cultural nationalism(s), but they may not promote the interests of Canadians.

Read full article on FirstMonday.

The business of sharing - accounting for open source

The October 2004 issue of CMA Management contains this article by Joseph Potvin.

The benefits of free, open source software are great, and managed well can add great value to a business. Existing accounting best practices offer guidance on how best to account for the benefits of these, alongside the broad spectrum of other software in use today. Make sure you see the full value of your IT investment

Also carried by LinuxInsider

Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!

This document, updated for September 30, seeks to move the conversations about Open Source to the facts. Far too much of the discussion is dominated by the rhetoric and FUD offered from the incumbent vendors dependent on limited business models and methodologies (largely Microsoft and dependents).

Toronto Star: Why Canada should follow U.K., not U.S., on copyright

From Michael Geist

Following on last week's innovation deficit piece, this week I report on the fact that Statistics Canada, the Canadian government's statistical agency, recently revealed that Canada has a nearly billion dollar culture deficit, almost all of which is with the United States. The sources of the deficit are copyright and trademark royalties along with broadcasting fees. Copyright royalties were by far the fastest growing, with the Canadian copyright royalty deficit nearly doubling in six years from 125 million dollars to 223 million dollars.

eWeek: Creative Licensing Scheme Grabs Artists Attention eWeek: Creative Licensing Scheme Grabs Artists' Attention

Creative Licensing Scheme Grabs Artists' Attention

By Chris Nolan

September 29, 2004

An intellectual property licensing scheme known as Creative Commons brings copyright flexibility by giving artists more control.

Read full article...

See also: Ottawa Citizen covers iCommons Canada Launch..

UN urged to Relax Protection for Intellectual Property to Help Developing Countries

The United Nations should relax protection for owners of copyright, patents and trademarks and pay more attention to the interests and needs of developing countries, a group of activists said today.

Five hundred scientists, economists, legal experts and consumer activists have signed a statement lending support to a proposal by a group of developing countries to the UN body that oversees intellectual property, the World Intellectual Property Organization.

See AP release published via and

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