[Linux-aus] FTA/Open Source SIG in Sydney tomorrow

Anthony Towns aj at azure.humbug.org.au
Wed May 19 19:39:01 UTC 2004

From Kim Weatherall's blog:

] This is important.


] What was eminently clear at the hearing on Monday was that some members
] of the Committee are very concerned, rightly so, about the implications
] of accepting the FTA IP Chapter for competition and innovation in
] Australia. But they need information about just what the implications
] for competition and innovation are - because many of the submissions
] they heard from copyright-related peak bodies claim that there will be
] significant benefits for innovation. Rusty Russell did a good job of
] highlighting these issues, but more may well be needed.
] These issues are being aired at a seminar this Thursday 20 May in Sydney,
] in the afternoon. If you are in Sydney, and you are interested in these
] issues, and particularly if you are an open source developer/programmer
] who is afraid of the DMCA, or has concerns about its implementation in
] Australia, you should attend this meeting being organised by the Open
] Source Special Interest Group.
] Please get informed about these issues, and attend the meeting.

See http://www.oic.org/z/OZIG/AUEK/ for the meeting. "OZIG" is the
SIG, "oic" is the "Open Interchange Consortium". Kate Lundy (Shadow
IT minister) is addressing the meeting. The group in general seems a
neutral, big end of town, IT group; at least at first glance -- I've no
idea. Registration seems to be expected.

Anyone from LA going?



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