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Australia's New Fair Use Act

Posted by: , 15:33 AEST, Mon May 15, 2006

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If you live in Australia, copying music and/or video to your iPod is legal, of course there's a catch in the form of increased powers for the police when it comes to P2P services.
Transferring music from CDS onto iPods and other MP3 players will no longer be illegal after federal cabinet agreed to make sweeping changes to copyright laws.

But beware the trap of downloading from the internet. The Government will increase surveillance and fines on internet piracy in a package to be announced by Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today.

Once the new laws are passed, "format shifting" of music, newspapers and books from personal collections onto MP3 players will become legal. The new laws will also make it legal for people to tape television and radio programs for playback later, a practice currently prohibited although millions of people regularly do it. More...

Credit: The Age


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