Aussies: Here's your chance to expand your rights under copyright!

Kate sez,

The Australian Attorney-General's department is inviting submissions from the public on copying of movies and images in different formats for private use.

These were sections of the Copyright Amendment Act introduced in December 2006 that made it legal for Aussies to do things they'd been doing for decades, such as recording a tv broadcast to tape or disc, but illegal to watch such recordings more than once!

The Minister is required by the Act to review these exceptions after two years and is now inviting comment.

This is a good opportunity to argue for the exceptions to be expanded (not contracted!) to come into line with general consumer behaviour.

You can download an issues paper on the topic (including instructions for making a submission) here.

General info on the Australian Copyright Council website.

(Thanks, Kate!)