[Melbourne-pm] Linux Australia Urges the Federal Govt. Not to Abandon Consumer and Competition Interests

Scott Penrose scottp at dd.com.au
Mon Jun 12 18:25:07 PDT 2006

Hey Guys

I feel this is one that effects us greatly so I hope you don't mind  
that it is not entirely perl related.


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> From: James Purser <purserj at k-sit.com>
> Date: 13 June 2006 10:06:49 GMT+10:00
> To: press-contacts at linux.org.au
> Subject: [Announce] Linux Australia Urges the Federal Govt. Not to  
> Abandon Consumer and Competition Interests
> Reply-To: press at linux.org.au
> Linux Australia Urges the Federal Govt. Not to Abandon Consumer and
> Competition Interests
> Linux Australia, Australia's peak Free and Open Source Software
> community group, announced the launch of a petition today calling  
> on the
> federal government to resist pressure to abandon consumer and
> competition rights when drafting anti-circumvention laws.  New laws  
> are
> required under the terms of the Free Trade Agreement negotiated  
> between
> Australia and the United States.
> "The treaty doesn't force us to implement this like the US, where  
> these
> laws have driven litigation to suppress academic publications, prevent
> third-party printer cartridge manufacturers, and eliminate competition
> by Open Source software.  But naturally some large business interests
> are pressing for the same restrictions on legitimate access to digital
> material here." said Rusty Russell, Linux Australia's IP Policy  
> Adviser.
> "Consumers should continue to enjoy full use of their legitimately
> purchased digital material, whether it be playing DVDs, copying CDs  
> onto
> their iPods, using computer programs of their choice, or playing
> iTunes-bought songs on non-iPod MP3 players.  You've paid for it, you
> use it as you see fit."
> Con Zymaris, a director with the Open Source Industry Association,
> joined with Russell.  "Australian small businesses are world-class at
> using, deploying and building Open Source software.  We must be  
> free to
> do so without fear of lawsuits from the larger incumbents we compete
> against."
> Linux Australia President Jon Oxer called for a focus on consumer  
> rights
> and support.  Oxer urged all those who would be affected by the new  
> laws
> to download a copy of the petition and get as many signatures as
> possible.
> "If we don't push back now, Australian competition, consumer rights  
> and
> freedoms will be hamstrung as we enter the digital age."
> The petition and online statement can be found at
> http://linux.org.au/law.
> Rusty Russell can be contacted on 0417 451212.
> 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
> http://linux.org.au
> About OSIA
> OSIA is the national industry body for Open Source within  
> Australia. We
> exist to further the cause of both Free and Open Source Software  
> (FOSS)
> in Australia and to help our members to improve their business success
> in this growing sector of the global Information and Communication
> Technology (ICT) market. For more information about OSIA please visit
> http://www.osia.net.au
> -- 
> James Purser
> Ordinary Committee Member
> Linux Australia
> http://linux.org.au

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