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About bloody time...

Australia might have finally developed a brain as far as copyright law goes.

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teknohippi
May. 5th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
Ohhh that is interesting - promoting debate and discussion about this is past time given the age of MP3 technology.
rantinan
May. 5th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
No not realy. given the whole "charge a licincing fee to individuals" when that's usualy already been charged (by the megabyte mind you) as part of purchacing an mp3 capable product just goes to freaking show how far off understanding the technology the government is.

Nice one phil, you fucking dingbat.
mrrantypants
May. 7th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
In Australia, there isn't a "blank tape levy" or other tax on recordable media or MP3 players. This isn't to say that some people aren't lobbying for one, but the details of who is doing the lobbying is interesting...

http://www.screen.org/about/submissions.html has details on the current leading proposal for such a system. Unfortunatly, the proposed system is the mother of all crocks. The Global Music Mafia, as locally represented by ARIA are dead-set against any such system - but only because the money from it would go to the composers and lyrics writers instead of the members of the Global Music Mafia themselves.

We used to have a "blank tape levy" in Australia, thankfully the High Court smited it with their mighty fist of legal goodness (struck it down) as being an unconstitutional tax. Screenrights reckon that their new Master Plan for the Taxing of All Things Digital doesn't have the same problems and won't suffer the same fate. Check out http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/disp.pl/au/cases/cth/HCA/1993/10.html if you're interested in the fate of the old poxy tax^H^H^Hlevy.

BTW: Electronic Frontiers Australia (http://www.efa.org.au) is an Australian online civil liberties group which lobbies for the rights of consumers and users of technology in cases like this. They're non-profit, and funded by memberships and donations. Join!
rantinan
May. 7th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC)
there is no GOVERNMENT mandated levy. the mp3 consortium charges one for manufacturing something capable of playing that format. so you;re paying it in the price of the playback capable device.
gene_machine
May. 6th, 2005 02:32 am (UTC)
The precedent was already set by making it OK to copy a record to tape for personal use twenty years or so ago. Tape was simply the convenient format at the time. That digital formats are less degraded by copying is a bonus for the user. Attempts to include degradation of the signal etc can be clearly demonstrated to be "unhelpful", a very debilitating term in leagal circles.

Az.
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queer_ishmael_
May. 6th, 2005 09:31 am (UTC)
Excellent, good news indeed, eh?
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