Moves to reform Australian copyright law

March 2005

Record Labels, Music Publishers

There could be a major revision in Australian copyright law, relating specifically to fair use. The Attorney-General is preparing a discussion paper on how copyright law can evolve and one consideration is allowing consumers to transfer music or films from one medium (e.g. a CD) to another (e.g. a portable digital music player) as long as it is for personal use. If passed, a levy could be imposed as a means of compensating rights owners. Australian consumer rights bodies have welcomed this (tentative) legislative step.


Source: Five Eight Magazine –

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