Articles By Rusell McOrmond

Access and use "technological measures" – a legal distinction without a technological difference?

Access and use "technological measures" – a legal distinction without a technological difference?

Last Friday I had the opportunity to speak with a lawyer that was trying to understand the differences between "access...

July 31st, 2009 Rusell McOrmond
Checking your own copyright moral compass

Checking your own copyright moral compass

I just finished listening to "This week in Law" episode 20, which is subtitled "Ethically Cleansed". This is a group...

February 9th, 2009 Rusell McOrmond
The GNU Affero General Public License  and "DRM"

The GNU Affero General Public License and "DRM"

There is an all too familiar dynamic in conversations about copyright. If you disagree with a proposed solution to a...

October 29th, 2008 Rusell McOrmond
Use UN day to reflect on mis-interpretations of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Use UN day to reflect on mis-interpretations of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

United Nations Day was proclaimed in 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly. It is held annually on 24 October,...

October 23rd, 2008 Rusell McOrmond
Federal Government Secure Channel boondoggle finally being made visible

Federal Government Secure Channel boondoggle finally being made visible

An article by Kathryn May of The Ottawa Citizen exposes the "Secure Channel" boondoggle. This is the same project that...

October 20th, 2008 Rusell McOrmond
Welcoming new MPs to a historically consistent Digital Copyright

Welcoming new MPs to a historically consistent Digital Copyright

After the Tuesday election I read how parliament didn't change much. A few parties lost seats, and some gained. When...

October 17th, 2008 Rusell McOrmond
Political parties and the Private Copying regime

Political parties and the Private Copying regime

The Canadian Private Copying collective has sent out a press release (PDF from CPCC, covered by FYI music) where they...

October 10th, 2008 Rusell McOrmond
Technology law suggests that conservatives shouldn’t vote Conservative

Technology law suggests that conservatives shouldn’t vote Conservative

The Conservative party has released their platform. Various online forums are filled with people who might otherwise vote Conservative, but...

October 8th, 2008 Rusell McOrmond
Copyright past, copyright present, copyright future, and election 2008

Copyright past, copyright present, copyright future, and election 2008

On October 1’st I was invited by the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) and the Waterloo Students for the...

October 6th, 2008 Rusell McOrmond
The success of the Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates advertisements

The success of the Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates advertisements

Most techies have seen both of the advertisements featuring Jerryand Bill, and have read all the commentary about how most...

September 19th, 2008 Rusell McOrmond