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Reading Materials

There are two new European Commission-commissioned reports worth checking out.  First, there is a lengthy study [PDF] on the economic impact of open source software that provides numbers that should get the attention of politicians and policy makers worldwide.  The study estimates that it would cost 12 billion euros (over C$18 billion) to reproduce the same software code of current quality FLOSS applications.  Moreover, the number of new software applications is doubling every 18 – 24 months.  It further finds an 800 million euro voluntary contribution by software programmers.  The industry impact is breathtaking with estimates that firms representing 263 billion euro in revenue and 565,000 jobs have invested 1.2 billion euro in FLOSS software that is then made freely available.  In short, the direct and indirect economic impact is very significant and must surely form a more integral part of any national economic and ICT strategy.

The EC has also released a study[PDF] completed by the exceptional Institute for Information Law on the harmonization of European copyright law. 

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January 12, 2007 Comments are Disabled News

Digitization Plans

The European Commission has announced that at least six million books, documents and other cultural works are to be put online and housed in the European Digital Library by 2010. The European Union's executive arm said it would help fund part of a network of digitization sites and study copyright […]

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March 3, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

EU Data Protection Working Party on Email Screening

The European Union Data Protection Working Party has released new recommendations on email screening practices including screening for viruses, spam, and certain content. The report expresses concern with the false positive problem on spam filtering, suggesting that email providers ensure that users have control over the degree of filtering.  The […]

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March 1, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

EU Edicts Influence Canadian Cyberlaw

EU Edicts Influence Canadian Cyberlawlink to on line articlelink to html archive

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May 18, 2000 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive