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kim at holburn.net
Mon Oct 12 00:24:49 AEDT 2009
Interesting way of putting it. So I have these random questions:
Can I play any recorded music at parties at all legally in Australia?
If I have friends over can I play recorded music? How many friends
before playing the music is illegal?
Can a friend bring a CD or DVD over and play it at my house? Can they
bring a format-shifted file over and play it?
Can I play a format shifted file at a party?
If I have format shifted a DVD or CD that I own, does that now mean I
can't lend it to a friend or give it away or sell it? Has making a
copy done something to my first sale rights (do we have any such thing
I rent a dvd or CD or borrow one from the library, can I lend it to a
I can format shift a dvd or CD I own, but not one I rent or borrow.
What if I need to format shift in order to play it?
If someone sends me a dvd from say europe, the US, or China am I
allowed to play it without a special player? Can I format shift it in
order to play it?
If they sent it to me as a loan ?
On 2009/Oct/11, at 2:56 AM, Tom Koltai wrote:
> My latest blog article.
> Copyright What is Legal and what is not (In Australia)
> I was slammed into reality the other day by the fact that a Solicitor
> that I have known for many years who dealt in the area of the law
> as Trademarks and Intellectual Property, got some basic knowledge
> the Australian Copyright Legislation wrong. (No 'P' it's not you and
> 'N' it's not you either.)
> I don't think he's a bad solicitor, I just don't think the copyright
> legislation is very accurate in it's drafting.
> Quite often the law lags behind the reality of technology. Some
> in the 1969 Copyright Act, it was illegal to have a photocopier in
> and for years VCR's were technically illegal in Australia.
> and today (proposed), the DVD writer in your home computer actually
> allows police to confiscate the computer because you have an
> device" that can create "pirate" copies. (See references below.)
> Therefore most Australians are breaking or have broken the law in some
> So today I thought I would have a go at the Australian Copyright FAQ
> Version II. Version 1 is on the AG site
> I am not a lawyer. This is not legal advice. Readers should hire a
> lawyer to interpret my responses before carrying out or relying on any
> of the recommendations contained herein.
> To be clear, Perhaps I should borrow the words of the Australian
> Attorney General's site:
> "Therefore, before relying on the material, users should independently
> verify its accuracy, completeness, relevance for their purposes and
> it is up-to-date.
> Before any action or decision is taken on the basis of any material on
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