Australia is about to be turned into a prison colony again.
The $65,000 question: do you own an iPod?
Owning an iPod, camera phone or a DVD recorder might be
enough to land you in jail or lumbered with a large fine under the
Federal Government’s proposed new changes to the copyright laws, experts
As you know I’m a big fan of Free Software, Free Knowledge and Free Culture and the word Free is used because the person is free, its not a matter of zero price. It’s crazy that politicians can propose new changes to laws like this. I hope this will push you to explore the free world because you can make authorized copies of all the works and won’t have to deal with this problem.
From Slashdot: “Draconian Anti-Piracy Law Looms Over Australia”
ccozan writes to tell us of a law being rushed through
the Australian legislature that would criminalize great swaths of the
citizenry. The Internet Industry Association of Australia is posting
warning scenarios spelling out how far-reaching this law would be. From
the release: “A family who holds a birthday picnic in a place of public
entertainment (for example, the grounds of a zoo) and sings ‘Happy
Birthday’ in a manner that can be heard by others, risks an infringement
notice carrying a fine of up to $1,320. If they make a video recording
of the event, they risk a further fine for the possession of a device
for the purpose of making an infringing copy of a song… The US Free
Trade Agreement does not require Australia to go down this path, and
neither US nor European law contain such far-reaching measures. We are
at a total loss to understand how this policy has developed, who is
behind it and why there is such haste in enacting it into law — with
little if any public debate.”
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