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Trade agreement affects Australian copyright laws (updated)

Written by Jari Ketola @ 14 Feb 2004 5:55 User comments (5)

Trade agreement affects Australian copyright laws (updated) The free trade agreement between the United States and Australia, which was finalized in early February, imposes many American copyright standards on Australia. The Australian copyright laws had been quite flexible before the agreement was drafted. Now many aspects of laws such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) will be implemented in Australia as well.
The factsheet from United States Trade Representative lists the details included in the trade agreement. The agreement, for example, "establishes strong anti-circumvention provisions to prohibit tampering with technologies (like embedded codes on discs) that are designed to prevent piracy and unauthorized distribution over the Internet" and "establishes that only authors, composers and other copyright owners have the right to make their work available on-line".

It is quite obvious that the recent raids in Australia, that were conducted by the anti piracy branch of Australian music industry, MIPI, were related to the newly crafted trade agreement. It remains to be seen how the agreement affects, for example, the status of mod chips in Australia. Last August Australian Federal Court ruled that it's legal to modify a Playstation console to play imported and pirated games.

The modchip ruling was later overturned by an appeals court. Hence modchipping is illegal in Australia. Thanks to Dale Clapperton, Electronic Frontiers Australia Board Member for providing the correction.

Please also see EFA's media release on their views about the Free Trade Agreement.

Source: Slyck

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5 user comments

112.2.2004 23:52

Well it doesn`t suprise me that our PM little johnny howard as sold us out to the yanks (no offence to all you nice American people out there :o)

213.2.2004 5:26

only authors, composers and other copyright owners have the right to make their work available on-line".
Fuck that! So what, if I heard an excelent song by some artist and I wanted my friend to hear it as well, I´m not allowed to send that song to him? Oh yeah, we shouldn´t promote good music, should we now? Let the idiot box feed us.

313.2.2004 7:57

So our old buddies the RIAA & MPAA are to blame for MIPI's fascist thug tactics. Go figure... Ghostdog, Quote:>"only authors, composers and other copyright owners have the right to make their work available on-line". Authors and composers have rights? What a joke. "Owners" is the only word in that quote that has any relevance if you know what I mean.

416.2.2004 5:52

I agree they can't and won't ever win the strongest thing in the world is UnitY if p2p ppl stick together the RIAA will never win like the british music scene is a joke were are bands with AttitudE Guns n Fuckin roses~heh~ Metallica they are real bands n music not this manufacteured crap that fat bird who sings that tune who won pop idol I have heard farts with more talent DaOsT

::LivE ForeveR OR DiE TryiN!!::....::DonT FinD US WE WilL FinD YoU::..
ChecK OuT ThE PenguiN GamE AnD PosT YouR HighesT DistancE ON ThE ForuM

516.2.2004 9:05

im sick of the force fed shit like jlo and britney spears and the American Idol bullshit- I still by music from good bands like incubus or linkin park- but if theres an album with only 2 or 3 good songs on it why should i have to pay $19.99 for it? or download it for a buck a song and not be able to (legaly) burn it to CD- fuck that- what people that get caught need to do is not settle and just take it to court. no jury in there right mind would convict anyone!

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