updated 10:35 am EST, Wed December 6, 2006
iPod legal in Australia
Australia's Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today issued a frequently-asked questions (FAQ) document to clarify the practical implications of his controversial copyright reforms. Calling the reforms "groundbreaking," Ruddock said Canada, England, and New Zealand are looking to follow Australia's lead on copyright reform, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The bill passed through both houses of Australia's parliament yesterday after significant revisions were enacted due to criticism from numerous parties. The bill, which before its revisions would have outlawed iPod ownership as well as singing 'Happy Birthday' in public, will become law by January 1st of 2007. The FAQ clarifies that it will be legal to record TV and radio programs for playback at a later date, and that consumers can copy legitimate music to an iPod or other audio device. The document also states that singing 'Happy Birthday' in a public place is perfectly legal, according to the report.