CLUE - The Canadian Association for Open Source

The Vision of CLUE is to nurture a Canadian Information Technology environment which promotes collaborative innovation as well as open standards and the rights of consumers.

The Mission of CLUE is to promote the use and development of free, open source software, by providing a public voice to the community of its Canadian users, developers and supporters. CLUE will enhance this community's ability to share resources, define standards, and promote its values within Canadian society.

Open source champion supports Microsoft in i4i patent challenge

Nestor E. Arellano included an interview with me in his coverage of the patent case between Toronto's i4i and Microsoft.

“It would be very easy for me to wave the open source banner and yell ‘down with Microsoft’ or wrap myself in the Canadian flag and cheer 'yeah for i4i.' But it’s far better to support what’s right than be concerned with who or the brands that are involved,” he added.

Copyright related policy discussion for 2010

(This article originally posted to CLUE's blog)

For New Years eve I thought I would be useful to visit our Copyright-related Policy summary in the context of events in 2010. After a summary I will offer some suggestions of what people should do in the coming year to protect our rights and interests.

The Conservative government tabled a copyright Bill C-32 on June 2 which was debated and then passed at second reading on November 5'th. It was sent to a special legislative committee that held 8 meetings before parliament was adjourned until Monday, January 31, 2011. Being passed at second reading doesn't make it law, and there are many more stages for this bill to follow.

Five questions... on

Andrew Currie posted an interview he did with me last evening, in advance of my participation in a live streamed episode of DyscultureD this evening.

Canadian law should be updated to protect us from digital locks

Georgia Straight has been publishing a series of op-eds on copyright. I authored an article on behalf of CLUE that took aim at the article by Danielle Parr from the Entertainment Software Association of Canada.

FACIL launches lawsuit against Quebec government to close loophole

FACIL sent out press release (english press release, which includes a link to a translation of their court filing) that documents their launching of a case in Quebec Superior Court. The case is intended to end a loophole being used by the Quebec provincial government to award contracts to proprietary software suppliers without an adequate evaluation of all the options, including Free/Libre and Open Source Software options.

I was interviewed by Peter Nowak for CBC News last evening about the case. Even though I hadn't read the documents from FACIL yet, guessed which loophole they were trying to close.

Read full article on IT World Canada »

Canadian open source community upset over proposed copyright law

An article by Ian Palmer for discusses the impact of Bill C-61 on the Free/Libre and Open Source Software sector. It includes quotes from Sean Hurley (Tillsonburg, Ontario-based Open Computing), Ken Clark (intellectual property lawyer), and myself (CSIA member, CLUE policy coordinator, FLOSS developer).

Ken Clark spoke as a lawyer, and not as someone with any technical background. He suggested that "DRM might provide a way to prevent rampant copying", which anyone with a technical background would realize is not the case.

CSIA (Canadian Software Innovation Alliance), CLUE, Bob Young and I

I want to clarify the roll I play in CLUE: The Canadian Association for Open Source, and my involvement with the Canadian Software Innovation Alliance. This article is my strong endorsement of CSIA, and my suggestion that all Free/Libre and Open Source Software companies and professionals join CSIA. I also want to promote the CSIA White Paper just released.

IT World Canada: German researchers develop ‘Birthmark’ for piracy check

An IT World Canada article by Mari-Len De Guzman discusses a tool to help automate detecting software modules that have similar behavior which may be copyright infringements.

Canadian open source expert Russell McOrmond said the API Birthmark “seems to simply automate the most common method to detect this form of copyright infringement.”

ITWorldCanada: Mobile players hop on LiMo’s Linux trip

I was interviewed yesterday by Mari-Len De Guzman for an ITWorld Canada article on the LiMo Foundation.

One Canadian Linux expert, however, said the LiMo Foundation is not really an open source initiative, but merely provides cross licensing among members.

“In a lot of ways it’s like a patent pool, only it’s not really just about patents, it’s also copyrighted code and only members of the foundation will have access to this, not the public,” noted Russell McOrmond, policy coordinator at Canadian open source advocacy group CLUE.

Canada still counted among countries with lowest "piracy" rate

An ITWorldCanada article by Nestor E. Arellano talks about the latest BSA study.

An open source software advocate in Canada, however, expressed doubts over this survey method.

"I believe CAAST considers the installation of open source software as piracy and is uses this to skew survey results in their favour," said Russell McOrmond, policy coordinator for the Canadian Linux Users Exchange (CLUE), Ottawa.

Also published in Canadian Dealer News.

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