[Linux-aus] Petition draft text: No DMCA blanket anti-circumvention law in Australia!

Sridhar Dhanapalan sridhar at dhanapalan.com
Tue Jun 6 18:08:02 UTC 2006

On Tuesday 06 June 2006 13:14, jason king <pizza at netspace.net.au> wrote:
> > This also means that we must be able to create, buy and sell devices or
> > services to do these things: region-free DVD players, and other
> wasn't region coding meant to be illegal due to UN resolutions , or
> australian law? If it is, its worth explicitly pointing this out in a
> petition.

I believe that the ACCC ruled that region encoding was an anti-competitive 
practice, since it disallowed the viewing of foreign DVDs on localised 
(Region 4) players. Consequently, many DVD players sold in Australia are 
either regionless (Region 0) or are easily unlocked.

Incidentally, the same stance was taken in Australia in regards to modchips 
for games consoles (most notably the PlayStation 2). The modchips were 
determined to be legal since they could be used to play games legitimately 
purchased overseas.

Sridhar Dhanapalan  [Yama | http://www.pclinuxonline.com/]
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from abroad." - James Madison, 4th US president (1751-1836)
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