O'Reilly European Open Source Convention - October 17-20, 2005 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Session

Europe: Act Two
Donald Rosenberg, president, Stromian Technologies

Track: Business
Date: Wednesday, 19 October 2005
Time: 16:50 - 17:35
Location: St. John's Room I

In this presentation, Rosenberg describes how Europe has a chance to end world domination by US proprietary software if it can whole-heartedly adopt the principles of open source. In the US, the entertainment and software industries are using government to achieve control of software and hardware and prevent adoption of OSS-friendly policies while trying to persuade the rest of the world to follow the same course. Current policies in the EU and individual countries have resulted in wider-spread public use of OSS, but governments must resist not only the temptation to align their intellectual property policies with those of the United States, but also resist the temptation to use their power to restrict free use of the Internet, which has done so much to foster open source attitudes and progress. Asian nations have even more compelling reasons than Europe to take the open source road, and just as Japan took Deming's ideas on quality control more seriously than did the United States, Asia may once again take the lead.



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