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GOSLING / Canadian Copyright Update

Russell McOrmond (russell@flora.ca)

Many changes to the laws that affect software developers are under way both within Canada and worldwide. This BOF will offer an update on changes to Canadian technology policy.

At the time of OLS we could be trying to analyze a new bill, or we could be trying to make better connections with a newly elected government. Canadian Bill C-60 was intended to allow Canada to ratify the highly controversial 1996 WIPO treaties. This bill died on the order paper when the 2006 election was called, but it is possible that we will see a new copyright amending bill by this years OLS or the next.

We have had a few petitions tabled in parliament. If you are a Canadian that has not yet signed both, please consider doing so and handing them in during the BOF. http://digital-copyright.ca/petition/ict/

The federal Canadian Government may soon be hosting FLOSS projects that are "of interest to the government". This will make far more visible the ongoing participation by the federal government in FLOSS projects. I will hopefully have updates on the progress of this initiative. We hope to have lively discussion about these policies and share strategies.

What happens in Canada can affect many other countries as we can become a model of how to embrace new media and alternative production, distribution and funding techniques for creativity. Alternatively we may enact laws to protect incumbent companies from transformative change brought on by competition.

See also:

http://cluecan.ca/policy

http://goslingcommunity.org

http://digital-copyright.ca