[LINK] FC: Recording industry wants to scan .au university
Thu, 20 Feb 2003 15:02:44 +1030
Timothy Michael O'Leary wrote:
> Universities exist all over the world, they don't like to break the law
> or even be contentious with opinions (despite academic freedom rhetoric)
> and they have shiploads of yoofs to reach easily.
The unis, crying poor in every Wednesday's "Australian", are going
to put in a funding proposal to DEST to give millions of dollars
to the recording industry? Or maybe they'll cut staff and courses
to fund the payment?
As someone else mentioned, I think the recording industry
is trying to leverage their US experience into Australia.
I'm not sure how relevant the US experience is:
- Australian unis don't have significant proportions
of their students in dorm accoomodation.
- Australian unis pay for Internet by the byte, so they're
not going to allow huge amounts of MP3 traffic.
> A cheap way to generate publicity and put pressure on governments to
> bring in a blank CD tax.
Has anyone seen the fine print for this proposal. I went
looking for it but couldn't find anything more than
It's not the CD tax which worries me, but that such as tax
would be a precedent for a hard disk tax and a flash memory
tax as music players move away from CD formats. If they
want $1 per storage for 20 songs, then buying a hard disk
in the future will be very expensive (about $500 for the
largest hard disk now).
Glen Turner (08) 8303 3936 or +61 8 8303 3936
Australian Academic and Research Network www.aarnet.edu.au