☞ ODF, Patents and Copyright in NZ & SF
By webmink on May 01, 2009
"The Copyright Act was written in the pre-internet age, and does not address any of the complexities surrounding file sharing, format shifting, and other modern issues such as DVD copying – problems the last government was attempting to fix in a piecemeal fashion." Necessary, but dangerous unless all concerned citizens watch like a hawk and engage vigorously - you can bet the copyright monopolists will.
If you decide that the ODF support Microsoft has built in to the latest update of Office 2007 is actually too clunky for you (most notably becuase of the bad macro support), you can still use the ODF Plug-in to get decent ODF 1.2 support.
New research shows that, despite a 500 year history of having ciopyright law (or maybe becuase of it?), the UK has law that is more hostile to consumers and more open to abuse by copyright owners than anywhere else. Time for reform.
Proposed legislation in South Africa will make it mandatory to patent all outcomes of public-funded work and to sell the patents to the highest bidder. Seems to me this is the opposite of the direction the EU is taking. It will presumably make it impossible for open source to participate in South African government-funded projects. Wasn't this the same approach that India rejected?