[LINK] Fwd: Greens-Media: US free trade deal a threat to Australian
IT industry: Greens
tony at tony-barry.emu.id.au
Wed Aug 11 11:19:35 EST 2004
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> Resent-From: greens-media at altnews.com.au
> From: Hans van Leeuwen <hans at nsw.greens.org.au>
> Date: 5 August 2004 3:04:42 PM
> To: tony at tony-barry.emu.id.au
> Subject: Greens-Media: US free trade deal a threat to Australian IT
> industry: Greens
> US free trade deal a threat to Australian IT industry: Greens
> August 5, 2004
> The Government and Opposition’s support for the US-Australia Free
> Trade Agreement (FTA) has left Australia’s innovative IT industry at
> the mercy of American corporations and their patent attorneys, The
> Greens have warned.
> “Mark Latham and John Howard are both desperate to ram through the
> FTA, and are now neglecting its impact on our IT industry,” said
> Greens Senate candidate John Kaye.
> “The FTA is a blatant gift to big American multinationals, and
> threatens to throw huge roadblocks in the way of the Australian
> software industry.
> “Australia is a leader in the development of Open Source software.
> Some 8% of all Open Source developers are Australian, including some
> world-leading innovators. This is now under threat.
> “The FTA opens the possibility that patent lawyers working for
> multinational IT giants will stifle local innovation with the threat
> of legal action.
> “As with all aspects of the FTA, there is a very real danger that
> American firms will be winners while Australians will lose out.
> “America’s patent laws have forced significant aspects of Open Source
> activity to relocate to Europe and Asia, and we should not be going
> down that route.
> “The Howard Government has rushed into this agreement without
> explaining why it thinks the US patent system is the right choice for
> “The Greens are opposing the FTA, and support an intellectual
> property regime that stimulates home-grown IT innovation rather than
> stifling it,” Mr Kaye said.
> Hans van Leeuwen
> Media Officer
> NSW Greens federal election campaign
> 02 9519 0877
> 0425 310 562
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