Good grief!

According to the SMH, Australia’s new copyright laws could get you in trouble for mere possession of an iPod. The article quotes (and changes the gender) of my colleague, Kim Weatherall:

Under proposed new copyright laws, loading tracks onto a music player, which have been copied from a CD, would be classified as infringing copyright. This would apply even if that CD was legitimately purchased.

Ironically, exceptions in the bill were supposed to legalise copying music from a CD to a device such as an iPod but Kim Weatherall, law lecturer and associate director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, said the exceptions were too narrowly drafted.

The exceptions allow users to make one “main copy” of a CD as well as “temporary copies”, but the temporary copies must be destroyed at the “first practicable time”.

2 thoughts on “Good grief!”

  1. Morality is not something that I would associate with IP law. Indeed, the tactics of the recording industry in the US in going after children in the courts certainly sets them up asd the villain of the piece.

    I wonder whether we have got the tradeoff between the provision of incentives to produce future creative works and the grant of what is supposed to be a temporary monopoly right? I suspect that we have erred to far on the side of granting supposedly temporary monopolies.

    While I suspect that Boldrin and Levine, which I think you have mentioned in an earlier on this blog, go to far in the other direction, it does raise the question of where we should draw the line in the above tradeoff.

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  2. The last paragraph of my previous comment should read:

    While I suspect that the work of Boldrin and Levine, which I think you have commented on in an earlier post on this blog, goes to far in the other direction, it does raise the question of where we should draw the line in the above tradeoff.

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