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The Age: Open Source Advocates Wary of FTA

Mar 12, 2004, 17:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

"Australian open source developers and advocates are wary of the trade deal struck with the US, saying it would lead to the acceptance of American-style patent and intellectual property laws which, in turn, would cripple the local software industry.

"Linux Australia president Pia Smith said Linux and open source were becoming vital parts of the local IT landscape. 'Australia has more active Open Source developers than Canada, and dominates the Asia Pacific,' she said, quoting data from the Boston Consulting Group. Smith said it was equally clear that this trend would continue..."

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