10 May 2005 djm   » (Master)

fair use review in Australia

As seen on Slashdot, the Australian Attorney-General's department is conducting a public review into Fair-Use laws. You can bet that the recording and movie industry lobbies will be well represented, but there is no reason why free software developers shouldn't be.

If you are interested in or involved with free software development, please take some time to read and respond to their issues paper. I suggest that you ask for fair use rights for research (reverse engineering for compatibility) and reasonable personal use (time and format shifting) be enshrined in legislation and not left to the courts to decide.

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