Digital Copyright

The Government has released its digital copyright bill.

There is some very good stuff in there such as legalising format shifting. At present it is illegal to copy a song from a CD your have purchased to your ipod.

However other parts of the bill don’t look so flash, especially the anti-circumvention provisions. InternetNZ is in the process of getting advice on the bill, and more detailed responses will follow.

For now Russell Brown has a good summary of some key issues.

Working to improve this legislation is likely to be one of the major priorities for InternetNZ next year.

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