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iPod dubbed legal in Australia

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    happy birthday?

    I really wish they would outlaw the singing of Happy Birthday everywhere. That has to be the most annoying song ever. Come up with a new one, please.

    It sounds like they made a special exception for Happy Birthday, so that song is legal to sing in public, but other songs aren't? I can see Universal suing people for singing "Won't Get Fooled Again" on the subway - after the Americans put them away for violating the Patriot Act.

  1. Bobby

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sharing Illegal?

    I guess the law would make it illegal to use a Zune's sharing feature, seeing as you can send a song to a friend and he can listen to it 3 times WITHOUT you having to be there...

  1. chulitomio

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The scary part

    Is the distinction they make between 'time-shifting' and 'librarying'.

    You can record a show, but not keep it. You can record anything on that tape, you just can't keep it and watch it again. So will DVRs have to automatically delete shows after you watch them? Will VCR tapes be modified to erase as you watch?

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