[Linux-aus] Linux Australia Welcomes Reports Recommendations

James Purser purserj at k-sit.com
Thu Mar 23 11:13:46 UTC 2006

Release: World-wide

Linux Australia Welcomes Report's Release

March 23rd 2006

Linux Australia president Jon Oxer has welcomed the release of the
Australian House of Representatives Report of Technological Protection
Measures under the AUSFTA.

"The report contains a range of measures that we feel will benefit both
the industry and the consumer," said Oxer. "In particular the
recommended exception for interoperability between computer programs and
data, if adopted, will ensure that both the consumer and the industry are
not shackled by vendor lock in or corporate agendas."

The report "clearly articulates the very issues that were a direct threat
to Open Source developers and implementers in Australia and it is
refreshing to see an informed and middle ground stance by the Government
on this issue" says Rusty Russell, the Linux Australia IP Policy Advisor
who has been lobbying about these issues for almost two years.

The report - released March 1st this year - contains recommendations that
include a range of new exceptions to copyright anti-circumvention statutes
as well as various other topics.

About Linux Australia

Linux Australia exists to serve and promote the Australian Linux and Open
Source community. The organisation aims to do this best by taking
enthusiasms within the community, such as FOSS issues, projects,
education, advocacy just to name a few, and help them flourish, to
succeed. The lifeblood of this organisation is the people in the
community, and Linux Australia strives to be both relevant and useful to
the community. For more details on Linux Australia visit

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