‘Format shifting’ ruled legal in Australia

 This article is from the APC Rights watch website (ie. the Association for Progressive Communication in Australian Rights monitor).

Transferring music from CDS onto iPods and other MP3 players will no longer be illegal after Federal cabinet agreed to make sweeping changes to copyright laws, reports Kerry Anne Walsh in The Age. Federal cabinet agreed to a raft of changes to copyright law legalising the transfer of music from CDs to iPods and other portable media players.In addition the Government will increase its surveillance and fines on internet piracy which includes giving the Police powers to issue on-the-spot fines.

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