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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26428

Senator GREIG (10:33 PM) —I know that this is a very recent thing but it has just come to my attention that the High Court has granted special leave to hear the appeal in Sony v. Stevens and that it will now have an opportunity to determine the definition of technological protection measures and temporary copies. So the question that comes from that is: does the minister feel that it is appropriate for parliament to be pre-empting the decision of the High Court by providing much tighter technological protection measures and much tighter protection of temporary copies under the free trade agreement? Following from that, has the minister or the government obtained any legal advice as to the possible outcome of the High Court case?