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May 5, 2005
Australia Considers Codifying Fair Use
Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock has just released an issues paper on "fair dealing, fair use and other exceptions in the digital age" in order to solicit opinions on whether Australia's Copyright Act should include additional specific exceptions to copyright or a broad "fair use" exception. Among the questions under consideration: whether Australia should recognize "format-shifting" and back-up copying as fair dealing/fair use.
As longtime Copyfight readers may remember, Kim Weatherall has been following the story closely over @ Weatherall's Law; here's a guided tour through some of her previous thinking on the future of digital rights in Australia: Australia's DMCA - The Bad News about the Good News.
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