February 2009

Open Source, Open Standards and Re Use: UK Government Action Plan

UK Government announce an action plan to increase the pace of FOSS uptake.

Some key sentences from the linked article:

"Open Source has been one of the most significant cultural developments in IT and beyond over the last two decades"

"the Open Source movement has given leadership to new thinking about intellectual property rights and the availability of information for re-use by others."

NZOSS is blacked out in support of the Internet Blackout

Update: The site has returned to the normal theme as Section 92A has been delayed.

The New Zealand Open Source Society has changed it's website to black for a week in support of the Creative Freedom Foundation's Internet Blackout. The website will have a black theme for the rest of the week to
protest the introduction of this shortsighted law.

United Future calls for repeal of Section 92A

Posted on: February 13, 2009 - 10:23 By: Feynmanfan

United Future today joined the growing list of organisations who oppose Section 92A of the recently passed Copyright Act. Peter Dunn, sitting MP for Ohariu and leader of United Future says that "...it is now clear that we have a situation where internet users are vulnerable to the mere accusation of piracy, and that is simply neither fair nor just."