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Canadian innovation choked by U.S. laws
Monday, November 17 2003 @ 05:22 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
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Justice Lax, outdated U.S. patent laws are stifling innovation in Canada's small technology companies, lawyers warn. And experts say the managers of smaller companies may want to consider whether fighting these laws is worth their time and money.

"I spend a lot of my time trying to help Canadian companies deal with large U.S. companies that are accusing them of infringing a broad range of patents," says Richard Mitchell, an Ottawa-based senior partner at patent law firm Marks and Clerk.

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Linux group starts petition over RBC's SCO investment
Thursday, November 06 2003 @ 01:59 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,378
Justice Thanks to Russell who mentioned it on the Discuss mailing list:

A Canadian open source association is asking its members to pull their accounts from RBC and to sign a petition following the bank's decision to contribute towards a $50-million investment in SCO Group.

Linux-Quebec launched the petition about two weeks ago and has so far collected almost 150 signatures, mostly from users in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and B.C. The petition reads: "Given the fact that SCO has taken hostile action against free software and well-known companies that contribute to free software, we, users, developers and members of the Open Source community from Canada protest the recent investment of RBC in The SCO Group.

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Linux users incensed over Royal Bank SCO investment
Monday, October 20 2003 @ 09:24 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 3,001
Justice From

Canada's open source community is outraged over a decision by the Royal Bank of Canada to contribute towards a US$50-million investment in SCO Group.

BayStar Capital, based in San Francisco, said last Friday it has closed a private placement of non-voting Series A Convertible Preferred Shares in SCO, with a large portion of the funds coming from RBC Capital Markets. SCO said it would use the money towards the development of software and to help pay its legal and licensing costs.

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Standing up to SCO
Friday, October 10 2003 @ 06:10 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 5,919
Justice Shad Young could soon receive a bill for something that he, and legions of passionately ideological techies, thought was free. But he doesn't plan to pay, and he doesn't plan to take it lying down.

An Internet technologies consultant and college teacher in Ottawa, Young has been using Linux for years. He, along with millions of others, it should be noted; Since its birth in 1991, Linux has become the world's No. 1 open-source operating system.

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Support the Canadian SCO response
Monday, August 25 2003 @ 11:21 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
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Justice If you would like to publicly support the work of the Canadian Linux Interests Coalition (CLIC) in organizing a Canadian response to SCO's attacks, you can now do so -- visit to learn how.

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A Canadian Response to SCO
Wednesday, August 20 2003 @ 02:54 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,244
Justice In response to the ongoing fud war with SCO, CLUE and other interested members of the Canadian linux community have formed a working group called CLIC. This group has been meeting two to three times a week over the summer with the intent of presenting a strong and united voice that represents the perspective of Canadian Linux users and professionals.

CLIC stands for the Canadian Linux Interests Coalition. With the strong support and backing of CLUE, CLIC has been in the process of generating an information portal, drafting a press release and organizing a legal response to SCO in Canada. CLIC has also joined forces with other activist groups in order to facilitate the response and lend strength to it.

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Don't open source, don't tell
Tuesday, December 03 2002 @ 10:51 AM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,653
Justice "You might as well call it an election campaign.

It's going to get dirty, this tit-for-tat exchange between those lobbying for increased use of open source in government and a coalition that calls itself the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC). The latest salvo came this week, when the ISC filed a document with the U.S. Defense Department that rebuts an earlier report from defense contractor MITRE. While MITRE endorsed open source technologies like Linux as a viable alternative to Microsoft applications, the ISC (which includes Microsoft as a key member), recommends that the Pentagon should not "openly promote the use" of such software."

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It's Big It's Bad. It's GeekPAC
Monday, April 15 2002 @ 10:03 PM CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,491
Justice Just as corporate interests have their paid lobbyists to "influence" government regulations in their favour, Jeff Gerhardt feels it is time for the Linux users of the world to have a say in attempts to regulate or restrict users rights.

New Slogans Needed in the fight against "Intelellectual Monopolists"
Saturday, March 23 2002 @ 07:16 PM CST
Contributed by: bob
Views:: 2,464
Justice Russell McOrmond a long time advocate and supporter of all manner of "freedoms" has just observed that in our discussions and debate, surrounding this issue.
That the time has come to create new slogans in the war of words that exists over this issues and the principles involved.

Information on Consultation Meetings Digital Copyright Issues
Saturday, March 23 2002 @ 04:21 PM CST
Contributed by: bob
Views:: 2,408
Justice The Registration, agenda, and background information on the Departments of Industry and Canadian Heritage consultation process can be found HERE.
While the consultation process is well underway, It appears even in something as nationally important as this matter, that at this time the opinions of the citizens of many Provinces will not be given the opportunity to attend in person the consultation meetings.T.B.A. would suggest that if you wish your opinion to be heard and you can not attend the remaining yet to be annouced meeting.
You contact the Depts. involved and
voice your concerns.

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