[LINK] Porkie in Copyright Evidence?

Antony Barry tony@tony-barry.emu.id.au
Wed, 19 Feb 2003 21:14:29 +1100

On Wednesday, February 19, 2003, at 01:44 PM, Chirgwin, Richard wrote:

> A little bit of searching - not much, I'll admit - but I can't find any
> evidence to support the inclusion of public libraries, in Australia, 
> in the
> list of repositories of unlawful sound recordings. Can any Linker 
> either
> support or disprove this?

I'd be amazed if many libraries provided accounts and disk space to 
their users. What they do provide is access to the information which 
means access to the net. Workstations in libraries may well be used to 
download material and this may include copyright material but getting 
it off the machine may be a problem. I doubt if many libraries are 
enthusiastic about use of floppies or provide CD burners. If you know 
what you are doing you can email the files to yourself BUT many 
libraries install browsers in kiosk mode with such features blocked. 
The various library lists I am on are often discussing such things.  
The problem is not just breach of copyright but the problem of 
workstations being hogged by people doing such things which are not 
validly part of the libraries role.


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