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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’”