Copying Music To iPods Still Illegal in Australia

Oct 18th, 2006 | By | Category: Digital Music, iPods & Portable Media Players

Legislation aimed at legalizing copying your music to iPods and other portable media players appears to be going nowhere. According to reports, four months of work has resulted in a 29-page draft bill that doesn’t fix the issue.

“If the law is enacted in its current form, we will have to call it ‘the Little iPod Inquiry that Couldn’t’,” said Kim Weatherall, executive director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute.

“It appears the people in the copyright law branch who drafted this legislation do not have iPods. I guess we should have given them MP3 players so they could get used to the technology they were drafting for.”

The flaw in the legislation is a section that prohibits making multiple copies of your music. Most portable media player users rip their music from CDs onto their computer, creating a digital copy, and then sync this to their portable media player, creating an additional copy.

“The Government’s intention is to enable people to copy CDs they legitimately own onto another device such as their iPod,” said Attorney-General Philip Ruddock.

“We will make amendments to ensure the legislation passed is effective and achieves the Government’s objectives.”


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