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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 • Telephone (02) 6277 7300 • Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.ag.gov.au

19 October 2006 192/2006

A MORE FLEXIBLE COPYRIGHT REGIME

Anyone who uses iPods, DVDs, CDs or records television programs will benefit from changes to the copyright regime, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said today.

Satirists, teachers, libraries and people with disabilities are also beneficiaries of legislation that targets copyright pirates.

“The changes demonstrate the Government’s commitment to ensuring laws reflect the continual changes to the technical landscape,” Mr Ruddock said.

The Bill, introduced to Parliament today, provides new exceptions that make it legal for people to record TV or radio programs in order to play them at a more convenient time.

It will also legalise ‘format shifting’ of material such as music, newspapers and books. This means people can put CDs they own onto their iPods or other music players.

“Everyday consumers shouldn’t be treated like copyright pirates. Copyright pirates shouldn’t be treated like everyday consumers,” Mr Ruddock said.

The Attorney-General added that Australia’s fine tradition of satire was safe.

“The Government has ensured the use of copyright material for the purposes of parody or satire will be protected,” he said.

The Bill includes enforcement measures such as proceeds-of-crime remedies and gives courts extra powers to tackle large-scale Internet piracy and unauthorised access to pay TV.

The Bill also creates offences for people who circumvent technological measures which protect copyright, but it won’t stop Australians from using multi-regional DVD players.

Mr Ruddock said the Government had consulted widely in developing the amendments and would continue to listen to issues people raised about the Bill, particularly technical matters.

The Bill was referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report.

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