“Proposed new copyright laws in Australia dramatically lower the threshold for a criminal infringement, raising the prospect that having devices such as MP3 players or uploading a Web video of yourself singing along to your favorite song, could lead to serious penalties, critics say,” The Associated Press reports.
“The amendments have been introduced to Parliament and are being debated by politicians and experts before a final version of the bill is put to a vote, expected sometime next year,” AP reports.
AP reports, “Electronic Frontiers Australia, a nonprofit Online free speech group, said the bill vastly extends the scope of items considered used for copyright theft from strictly commercial machines like printing presses to personal devices like video players, iPod-type MP3 players and home computers. ‘Section 132(3) makes possession of those devices a criminal offense,’ the group wrote in a submission to a government committee examining the bill.”
Full article here.
Have fun paying for and attempting to prosecute millions of “criminals,” Australia. They’ll change Section 132(3) before it becomes law if they have even half a brain among them.
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