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New ESP Australia video plus committee hearing recording

Two exiting recordings from Australia:


Or, to view Ben’s presentation in WebM format via YouTube, first go to YouTube’s HTML5 page to make sure everything works. Then you can watch Ben’s presentation at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzz-w55D9vM.

ESP Australia presentation recording

Ben Sturmfels of ESP Australia recently gave a talk outlining the problems caused by software patents. A recording is online at:

  • http://www.sturm.com.au/2011/talks/swpat-monash/
  • Ben will be giving another presentation on January 19th with more of a focus on the current campaign in Australia:
    2:20pm, Thursday January 19th at the University of Ballarat.

    Ben’s talk is a good example for anyone tasked with giving such a presentation. There’s also a wiki page where you can get some ideas or add your own tips:

    Transcript: Andrew Tridgell on Patent Defence

    The following is a transcript of a talk given in New Zealand, 2010. Andrew Tridgell discusses why reading patents is usually a good idea, how to read a patent, and how to work through it with a lawyer to build a solid defence. For the free software community, Tridgell also suggests how cooperation could help scare off patent holders.

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    Australia: time for action

    Australia seems to be headed for software patent legislation in 2010. The bad news is that there was a consultation, and we missed it. The good news is that the consultation was just a preliminary step, so if we start organising now, we can still participate fully in the legislative phase. Other good news is that when I discussed software patents with people in Australia six months ago, there was plenty of interest.

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    Consultation responses in Australia

    There were 38 responses to the consultation in Australia about patentable subject matter. I’ve quickly analysed them all and below are my initial comments. There 400+ pages of writing, so I only skimmed them and I’ve surely made mistakes. There’s a copy of this analysis on the wiki at: http://en.swpat.org/wiki/Australian_consultation_responses_2009 – please add notes there to correct my analysis or to add your own.
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