06 December 2006

Odd Aussie copyright laws amended

So claims the SMH, anyway.

It may just be the reporter taking an optimistic view, but I liked this part a little:

“The amended reforms make it clear consumers can transfer the music they own onto devices such as iPods and enable the next wave of technology by allowing people to record a TV or radio program on mobile devices to watch it at a more convenient time.”
The amendments also removed on-the-spot fines for some copyright offences, to ensure they didn’t “unintentionally capture harmless activities of ordinary Australians”.

Dale Clapperton (EFA) liked the amendments, but Nicola Roxon (Shadow Attorney-General) is still iffy about even the amended bill.

Well, it’s an improvement, at least. Back to watching what happens, I guess.

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