Not a Fair Trade: Australia's TPM Protection and AUSFTA-Inspired Reforms
12 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2007
Date Written: March 2007
The exposure draft for the Copyright Amendment (Technological Protection Measures) Bill 2006 was released with the aim of replacing Australia's existing technological protection measure scheme. The Bill also sought to implement Australia's obligations under the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement as well as create additional exceptions to particular dealings with technological protection measures.
This paper, a submission to the Australian Attorney-General's Department, examines areas where the Bill can be improved. The paper criticises the broad definitions of 'technological protection measure' and 'circumvention' contained in the Bill. It suggests there is a need to strengthen the new exceptions proposed. The paper also recommends additional exceptions for breaches of Australian law and orphan works.
Keywords: Copyright, technological protection measures, orphan works, circumvention
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