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LinuxMarshall -> Australian Linux bodies blast US free-trade deal (8/6/2004 6:10:18 AM)

Australia's national open source industry body, OSIA (Open Source Industry Australia), and Linux Australia have spoken out about their concerns over the proposed Australian-US Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), warning that the legal framework of the intellectual property clauses will put the entire Australian software development industry at risk.

The companies have released a joint statement saying the introduction of a US style patenting system for software is "not in Australia's interest" and "will increasingly hamper Australia's ability to efficiently compete in global markets".

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Source : ZDNet AUS




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