The TasLUG June meeting will be held on the Thursday 29th June 7:30pm, upstairs at Bridie O'Reilly's.
I'll be giving a presentation on IP, the FTA and competition (I promise it won't be too lawyery :) ) and answer some questions on IP and the FTA. We'll also have some updates on the LCA2008 bid and software freedom day and our usual q & a sessions.
Ben (IANAL ..... yet)
Software freedom day is on again this year on September 16th. I've registered a team from Hobart and submitted a request for materials from SFD international. We'll probably do a similar event to last year - an expo with displays and the like as it was very popular last year. I've opened up a thread in the suggestion box for any ideas, offers of help etc.
It'd be good if we could get a team together from the North as well so we could have a truly Statewide SFD - you can register a team here (SFD international). Make sure you request your materials ASAP as there are limited supplies and this year's SFD looks bigger than ever. Last year Australia registered the most teams of any country, let's see if Tassie can register the most teams of any state :)
As I'm sure most of you know Australia is looking at amending its copyright laws to "harmonise" them with those of the US as part of the USAFTA. The current proposals go further than is necessary and go a long way to protecting the interests of big media and proprietary software in a similar way to the US DMCA. This is all despite a parliamentary committee and the High Court of Australia( Stevens v Kabushiki Kaisha Sony Computer Entertainment  HCA 58 - especially read Kirby, J) recommending otherwise.
Linux Australia has organised a petition against the changes which can be found: here. Rusty Russell has also organised a Q&A session tonight (16th June) at 8:30 details are on the Linux Australia website. UPDATE: a copy of the q&a session and slides are now up on the Linux Australia website.
If you can't make it to the q&a session tonight, then I'd be happy to give a presentation on some on these issues at the next TasLUG meeting on the 29th.
This is a very important issue and I urge everyone to get involved in this lobbying effort - we really don't need the DMCA in Australia.
The Open Source Developers' Conference is an Australian conference
designed for developers, by developers. It covers numerous programming
languages across a range of operating systems. We're seeking papers on
Open Source languages, technologies, projects and tools as well as topics
of interest to Open Source developers.
As we all know you can't have a conference without a logo, so here's the one for Tassie's LCA 2008 bid:
The Tassie lca2008 bid logo
We've already got some good feedback from the Linux Australia mailing list and we'd like to hear TasLUG's feedback too.
Lets make 2008 the year the LCA comes to Tassie!