It’s Begun

Hrm. Evidently I was careless in checking my mail yesterday evening.

The Government has commenced a review on options for including new exceptions in the Copyright Act 1968 and released an issues paper, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock announced today.

The review will examine whether an exception or specific exceptions to copyright based on principles of “fair use” should be adopted to make copyright law more flexible and relevant in the digital age.

“The Government is aware developments in digital technology are changing the way people use copyright material,” Mr Ruddock said. “Many Australians believe quite reasonably they should be able to record a television program or format-shift music from their own CD to an iPod or MP3 player without infringing copyright law. However, this issue needs careful consideration,” he said.

Issues paper available here.

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