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One New Thing
Thursday, December 09, 2004
One New Thing: Free Trade Agreement amendments to the Australian Copyright Act.

Just when you thought you were beginning to grasp copyright, The Free Trade Agreement results in amendments being made to the Copyright Act, mostly to bring it in line with the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty (WCT) and the World Intellectual Property Organization Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT). You can read an overview of the changes in the Free Trade Agreement amendments - Information Sheet G85 from the Information Sheets of the Australian Copyright Council. We’ve probably all found out by now that the copyright term is, generally speaking, increasing, because works take longer to come into the public domain. Something I’ve just learned is that there are now sanctions against the use of devices that circumvent technological protection measures (TPMs), but apparently there are provisions for libraries and other institutions to use such devices for certain activities.

Thanks to those people leaving nice messages in my comments this week. And I hope all those who went to NLS in Adelaide had a fantastic time: I wish I could have been there! I’ll have to track down some papers and see what I missed - if you guys could just provide incriminating photos from the social events, that would be great. ;)

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