Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Article: Copyright law changes in Australia

We assume that every country plays by the same rules, but they don't. This short article points to changes that are poised to occur in Australia:
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...Schools, universities, libraries and other cultural institutions will, in the future, be free to use copyright material for non-commercial purposes.
I'd like to say that we need to become more aware of the laws in other countries, but I know how time consuming that would be. We do, however, need to remember that laws have boundaries while information does not. As our information crosses territorial boundaries, what laws will be applied to it?

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