Its NOT free trade if there is an agreement

Australia is about to be turned into a prison colony again.

The $65,000 question: do you own an iPod?

Owning an iPod, camera phone or a DVD recorder might be enough to land you in jail or lumbered with a large fine under the Federal Government’s proposed new changes to the copyright laws, experts warn.

As you know I’m a big fan of Free Software, Free Knowledge and Free Culture and the word Free is used because the person is free, its not a matter of zero price. It’s crazy that politicians can propose new changes to laws like this. I hope this will push you to explore the free world because you can make authorized copies of all the works and won’t have to deal with this problem.

Draconian Anti-Piracy Law Looms Over Australia

From Slashdot: “Draconian Anti-Piracy Law Looms Over Australia

ccozan writes to tell us of a law being rushed through the Australian legislature that would criminalize great swaths of the citizenry. The Internet Industry Association of Australia is posting warning scenarios spelling out how far-reaching this law would be. From the release: “A family who holds a birthday picnic in a place of public entertainment (for example, the grounds of a zoo) and sings ‘Happy Birthday’ in a manner that can be heard by others, risks an infringement notice carrying a fine of up to $1,320. If they make a video recording of the event, they risk a further fine for the possession of a device for the purpose of making an infringing copy of a song… The US Free Trade Agreement does not require Australia to go down this path, and neither US nor European law contain such far-reaching measures. We are at a total loss to understand how this policy has developed, who is behind it and why there is such haste in enacting it into law — with little if any public debate.”

Read more about these issues on lucychillis blog.

Linux Australia Urges the Federal Govt. Not to Abandon Consumer and Competition Interests

From: Klepas.org

Linux Australia Urges the Federal Govt. Not to Abandon Consumer and Competition Interests

Posted: June 14th, 2006, 11:48pm EST by Pascal

The press release just came in across the Linux Australia mailing lists:

Linux Australia, Australias 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.

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A Five Minute Guide to Opposing DRM

I’ve been covering the Free Software Foundation’s Defective By Designcampaign against Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies since its planning stages. Starting from scratch, in less than three months, the campaign has grown to 7000 members. This number is impressive.

https://www.linuxjournal.com/content/five-minute-guide-opposing-drm

Blackboard Patenting Educational Groupware

This is really sad. Here’s the links:

There’s links and comments by bloggers on those pages for you to follow up on.

A while back with the pro teachers we spent some time looking at software idea patents, it doesn’t seem so irrelevant now so here’s some more info.

Croatian government adopts free software policy

I have a few Croatian/Australian friends so check it out guys time to break out the Velebitsko and Ozujsko Pivo.

Croatian government adopts free software policy

The Croatian government has decided to adopt a free software policy and move entirely to Open Source. Proprietary software leads to too much dependence on suppliers, which can damage the market competition..OSS makes the government’s business more transparent, it will save tax payers huge amounts of cash and strengthen domestic industry.

Bring down the RIAA lawsuits!

Ray Beckerman, one of the leading attorneys standing up to the RIAA, will sit down for a conference call with DefectiveByDesign.org members and supporters.

Ray will explain how we can fight 3 critical court cases, and he will demonstrate how the record labels collude to produce defective products — defective because they are crippled with DRM.

read the full story

one media: New copyright laws threaten to make criminals of us all and DMCA set to make Australia a Penal Colony?

We need to be aware of these these issues, they reach beyond computer users so please take a few minutes to read the following articles. Apart from wages, copyright is the highest cost in education and a lot of the time it restricts the teachers from doing the best that they can do so please help stop these parasites reaching into their pockets and killing their profession.

Continue reading one media: New copyright laws threaten to make criminals of us all and DMCA set to make Australia a Penal Colony?

Australia is required to enact harsh new “anti-circumvention” laws under the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement

Paul “Rusty” Russell, Australian Linux kernel hacker, visited Humbug on Saturday, gave a talk on the possible consequences of Australia’s obligations under the FTA. You can read the information, listen to his audio and view the slides.

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On Klepas.org there’s an article What rights do I actually still have? explaining things in a way that may help the average person understand how this issue affects us.

Please sign the petition at http://linux.org.au/law and talk about these issues with friends family and business partners. Make your digital rights an issue for yourself and your government representative.

RMS Calls to Liberate Cyberspace

Richard Stallman

“Proprietary software is an antisocial practice”.

Henri Poole writes “In an interview with Groklaw’s Sean Daly at GPLv3 Conference in Barcelona, RMS talks with passion about the dangers of DRM. From the article: ‘the point is, we shouldn’t be passive victims! We should decide that it will not happen! And the way we decide that is by activism. We have to do everything possible to make sure that those products are rejected, that they fail, that they give bad reputations to whoever makes them.’ He closed the interview with a far reaching goal for the Free Software Movement: ‘the goal is to liberate everyone in cyberspace.’”