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CAAST anti-piracy news
Wednesday, December 17 2003 @ 05:36 AM CST
Contributed by: Anonymous
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General News The Canadian version of the BSA, known as CAAST has announced that 8 Canadian companies have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars for "non-maliciously" pirating software. This appears to be an enourmous opportunity for the Canadian open source community to start making some inroads into corporate Canada.

Although I have no problem with the activities of CAAST, I think their approach to enforcing software licensing gives the open source community in Canada a huge competetive advantage. We should approach every company that was fined by CAAST and educate them on the advantages of using open source software. We can emphasize that in addition to all the usual benefits of open source licensing, there is also the fact that TCO can be significantly reduced when you do not have to employ an expensive and time consuming license management system. I think this is a significant opportunity to leverage the inevitable "how do we avoid this in the future" management questions at these 8 companies, and I'd love to see the community get together to take advantage of it.

  


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Re: CAAST anti-piracy news
Authored by: Romulus007 on Wednesday, January 14 2004 @ 10:08 AM CST
We should approach every company that was fined by CAAST and educate them on the advantages of using open source software. We can emphasize that in addition to all the usual benefits of open source licensing, there is also the fact that TCO can be significantly reduced when you do not have to employ an expensive and time consuming license management system. I think this is a significant opportunity to leverage the inevitable "how do we avoid this in the future" management questions at these 8 companies, and I''d love to see the community get together to take advantage of it.

I agree with the poster 100%. Excellent idea my friend!
Most importantly, I think the open source community should, collectively, put their heads together in order to come up with a kick-ass printed brochure that proponents can distribute everywhere: Offices, schools, when in public transit, 3rd World and developing world symposiums, community events, etc.
It should get right to the point about what OSS is and show some screenshots of Windows equivalents. In addition, it should mention the reduction in viruses, and better overall stability of the platform.

Is there a printed brochure/flyer out there that I can pass around??
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Pleas post correct link to story!
Authored by: Romulus007 on Wednesday, January 14 2004 @ 10:20 AM CST
Can the original poster PLEASE correct the link to the "8 companies"?? I would like to see the particulars, etc.

Thanks!
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