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Today's Featured Article
Quebec broke law in buying Microsoft software
Thursday, June 03 2010 @ 11:00 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 64,932
Justice Quebec's government broke the law by buying software from Microsoft without considering offers from other vendors, the province's Superior Court has ruled.

The decision was in regards to a suit filed in March 2008 by Savoir Faire Linux, a small Montreal-based firm that deals in open-source software.

Read the full thing at http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/06/03/quebec-microsoft-lawsuit.html

A Linux consulting company is suing the Gouvernement du Québec
Thursday, March 11 2010 @ 11:08 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 65,162
Justice First of all sorry, but most of the information is in french. So to make it quick, the Régie des Rentes du Québec (Social insurance program) migrated all of their workstation from Windows XP to Vista and upgraded Microsoft Office to 2007. Savoir-faire Linux, a Montreal based compay specializes in free software services. Savoir-faire Linux has made several requests to the Régie des rentes du Québec but the organisation is maintaining its decision to renew their software without launching a call for tenders. Savoir-faire Linux is now calling upon the courts to declare that the Régie cannot proceed in this manner and that it must give all suppliers, including free software suppliers, the chance to bid.

What the Canadian Government Really Thinks About Net Neutrality
Wednesday, February 07 2007 @ 03:27 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 7,450
Justice The Canadian Press is out this evening with an important story that reveals the government's true view on net neutrality. Based on documents obtained under the Access to Information Act, they provide a clear picture of an Industry Minister and policy makers content to leave the issue alone, despite acknowledging that major telcos such as Bell and Telus are "determined to play a greater role in how Internet content is delivered" and that "they [Bell and Telus] believe they should be the gatekeepers of content, with the freedom to impose fees for their role."

Read the full thing at http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/1664/125/


Open source advocates step up government lobby efforts
Tuesday, October 24 2006 @ 10:28 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 7,496
Justice From ITBusiness.ca:

A Canadian open source group focused on the public sector is bypassing this week's GTEC conference in favour of a direct marketing approach to members of parliament.

Getting Open Source Logic Into Government (GOSLING) recently distributed a package containing two CDs with open source software and a backgrounder on Canadian use of the technology to the offices of 308 MPs. The campaign is part of an effort to educate the Harper government on the benefits of what GOSLING members refer to as free/libre open source software, or FLOSS.

Read the full thing at http://www.itbusiness.ca/it/client/en/home/News.asp?id=40933&cid=3


Lawyer attempts to get access to website blocked
Friday, August 25 2006 @ 12:07 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 6,624
Justice From soop.ca:

An unprecedented blow was slapped on free speech on Wednesday August 23rd when Ottaw based Lawyer Richard Warman, asked the CRTC to force Internet providers to block access to two U.S. Based websites.

In his application Warman accuses the google blogsites of being operated by a "Notorious" Nazi sympathizer and contained material to incite violence against him and that he now fears for his life because of these websites.

Read the full thing at http://www.soop.ca/stories/08-25-06NetCensorship.html


Canadian anti-DRM coalition makes timely debut
Tuesday, June 27 2006 @ 06:31 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 10,656
Justice From NewsForge:

A coalition of public interest groups and academic privacy experts has released a public letter and background paper to the Canadian government stating their concerns about digital rights management (DRM) technologies and their legal status. The coalition has also started a Web site, IntellectualPrivacy.ca, to coordinate its efforts.

Read the full thing at http://trends.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/06/16/203238


Canadian Music Stars Fight Against DRM
Wednesday, April 26 2006 @ 08:22 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,869
Justice Picked up from /.:

"Some of Canada's best known musicians, including Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlin, Sum 41, and Barenaked Ladies, have formed a new copyright coalition. The artists say in a press release that they oppose file sharing lawsuits, the use of DRM, and DMCA-style legislation and that they want record labels to stop claiming that they represent their views."

Read the full thing at http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/04/27/0015239


Sony Hit With Canadian Class Action Suits
Saturday, January 07 2006 @ 11:12 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,529
Justice From the webpage of Michael Geist

With Sony slated to appear in a New York courtroom on Friday to seek approval for its class action settlement for the rootkit fiasco, its Canadian arm is now facing several Canadian class action suits. The Merchant Law Firm, based in Calgary, launched class action suits in both the Ontario and B.C. courts yesterday (Ontario brief, B.C. brief). This follows a less-publicized class action launched in Quebec against Sony last November. All of these cases arise from the rootkit issue. The briefs make for interesting reading as the Canadian cases raise a long list of legal issues including the violation of Canadian privacy law, breach of contract, violation of the Competition Act, and a host of tort claims.

Read the full thing here


New Canadian Voice in Digital Rights Issues: Online Rights Canada (ORC)
Friday, December 09 2005 @ 11:17 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,813
Justice December 09, 2005
New Canadian Voice in Digital Rights Issues

Online Rights Canada Launches with EFF, CIPPIC Support

Toronto - Online Rights Canada (ORC) launched in Canada Friday, giving Canadians a new voice in critical technology and information policy issues. The grassroots organization is jointly supported by the Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).


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Supreme Court quashes digital music levy appeal
Thursday, July 28 2005 @ 05:36 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,741
Justice From CBC:

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear further arguments regarding a levy on iPods and similar digital music players.

On Thursday, the court dismissed an appeal of last December's Federal Court decision to quash a levy that had been charged for the popular music devices.

The levy affected digital music players with embedded memory, including Apple's popular iPod. The Canadian Private Copying Collective, a non-profit agency that collects tariffs on behalf of musical artists and record companies, had been pursuing the appeal.

Read the full thing here


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