Today in the NZ Parliament, the Patents Bill (the first update to the current patent legislation, unchanged since 1952!) underwent its Committee Stage (initiated with a rather stirring speech by Clare Curran lauding the NZ software industry as the "forgers and creators of our new economy") and its Third Reading.
As members of the Fair Deal NZ coalition (led by InternetNZ's Susan Chalmers) and the global Our Fair Deal, also led by the NZ-based coalition, the NZOSS is keen to get this message out. Please alert your friends to this press release highlighting a basic threat to New Zealand's sovereignty - and to the quality of life of every New Zealander.
The 2013 NZOSS Annual General Meeting will be on Monday 19 August starting at 17:30.
We will "meet" online via IRC (Internet Relay Chat - there are free IRC clients for every platform) in the #nzoss room on irc.freenode.net - we will be discussing the agenda further on our OpenChat mailing list.
Anyone may take part in the AGM, but only financial members can vote for officers, councillors, or on any other issues.
You are invited to nominate yourself or someone else for one of these elected roles: