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Re: [Linux-aus] Article in todays SMH

On Wed, 16 Feb 2005, Craig Warner wrote:

I'm a little confused, there was an article in today's Sydney Morning Herald titled "Copyright laws under review"
By Julian Lee, Marketing Reporter


In the article, Julian writes
"Tough new laws will be introduced by 2007 as part of the US-Australia free-trade agreement. Anyone found guilty of unlocking an encrypted code that prevents multiple copies of a CD being made faces a two-year jail sentence."

Does this sound like Digital Millennium Copyright Act?

The reason I ask, is that I have a letter from Senate Sandy Macdonald, (you known him as the Minister for Overseas Postings), quoting "However, this does not mean that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act or other U.S. laws will be introduced into Australia."


What makes that even more confusing, is that I have heard within, I believe, the last week, that the feral government is supposed to be intending to modify the copyright act, to incorporate a "fair use" provision, whereby it will become legal for a person to make copies of television programs and music tracks, providing they are for the person's own use.

There appears to be a conflict in information, here.

The "multiple copies of a CD being made", in the context of a person doing it for the person's own use, would, I believe, enable a person to make at least a couple of copies, so that, if one copying attempt failed, another could be successful. That is just one possibility that is applicable, where the "fair use provision" would conflict with the above scenario.

Bret Busby
West Australia

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