[Linux-aus] DFAT, Open Source and the FTA

Anthony Towns aj at azure.humbug.org.au
Sat Jul 17 16:24:04 UTC 2004

On Mon, Jul 12, 2004 at 10:50:13AM +1000, Michael Neuling wrote:
> This is somewhat disappointing.  DFAT thinks are concerns about the
> FTA are over patents, although there seems to be some confusion.


> Ms Harmer: I may be incorrect, but I think the concern about the
> proprietary rights in relation to things actually relates to a concern
> about patents [...]

That's fairly accurate: the copyright concerns we have are issues of
whether DVD players, PDF readers, etc will be classed as circumvention
devices and that we won't be able to write them in the first place; the
concerns we have about whether stuff we can write ends up controlled by
other folks are all patent related.

That didn't read to me like Ms Harmer was saying that was our only
concern, just the one the senator was referring to.

YMMV, obviously.


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