Open source is an intellectual-property destroyer. I can't imagine something that could be worse than this for the software business and the intellectual-property business.
I'm an American, I believe in the American Way. I worry if the government encourages open source, and I don't think we've done enough education of policy makers to understand the threat.''
Open source which is epitomized by the Linux OS is a threat to the software industry and, fundamentally un-American.
- Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating-system chief, Jim Allchin
If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it.
- Thomas Jefferson , 13 Aug. 1813
concerning Technological Measures
Controversy on what this means - The US government believes that the DMCA (1998 - enforced starting 2000) is the only interpretation.
Replies by September 15, 2001. Comments to replies by October 5, 2001
I sent in two submissions
Links to: Canadian Open-source Education and Research (CanOpenER.ca)
Other meetings with ICT branch, and 3 meetings (so far ) with Heritage Canada, Copyright Policy Branch.
More meetings with government departments
Meetings with MP's.
It has been discussed whether we need to form an EFF chapter in Canada, or try to wake-up Electronic Frontier Canada
Please read the article: Cruel, Mean or Lavish?: Economic Analysis,
Price Discrimination and Digital Intellectual Property 536 Vanderbilt Law
Review 2007 (2000)
There are many of us who have some experience that can share what we have done with others. This BOF was intended to be audience-driven rather than be a presentation.
People attending multiple conferences need to take a lead on this. OLS is unique in who attends it, and it may be a year until this same group could get together. OLS is the only technical/Linux conference I attend, and I get the impression this is the same for some of the others who discussed this.