:: Wednesday, December 28, 2005
BUILD A PRISON FOR YOU AND ME TO LIVE IN
If you've ever found y'self making fun of the english - ie: (a) their weather's shit, (b) they're shit at sport, (c) their insane royal family, (d) their dental hygiene, (e) their cold fish sexual innadequacies, (f) David Beckham, (g) their horribly shite food, (h) Oasis, (i) warm beer, (j) Pete Doherty, (h) NME magazine, (i) giving all our shitty soapie stars successful music careers (j) David (freaking) Beckham.. etc.. etc.. then, more than likely they'll respond in kind by reminding you that Australia started out as a penal colony for all of THEIR rejects.. and that nothing really has changed since..
and y'know wot? apparently they're right.. we ARE a nation full of petty criminals, especially if this report from our local newspaper is to be believed..
"MILLIONS of Australians who tape TV shows and copy CDs will soon get the right to do it with a clear conscience.
The Federal Government will next year legalise the video recording of television shows for personal use, and the transfer of songs from CDs to MP3 players, in a bid to overturn a ban which has made criminals of much of the population. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has flagged tidying up copyright laws by adding "fair use" loopholes that will clear the way for private citizens to copy the content without breaking the law. But yet to be decided is whether a levy will be placed on the store price of blank CDs and MP3 players such as iPods, to compensate artists for the revenue they stand to lose under the new laws. Though the practice is widespread, it remains illegal to convert a CD to MP3 format for playing on an iPod or other MP3 music players.
Mel Tonkin, 17, got an Apple iPod for her birthday and says she didn't even realise it was illegal to transfer her CD collection on to her computer. "I really think it is stupid on both accounts," she said. "How could they sell video recorders and iPod software in the first place if it was illegal for us to use it?"
There are more than 100,000 Australian iPod ownerers, all of whom have broken the law by uploading music from their CDs. It is also against the law to tape a television program to watch at a more convenient time. A spokeswoman for Mr Ruddock said the Government was close to finalising draft laws which would allow people to copy CDs they legitimately own on to their MP3 players and tape TV to watch later. "We should have copyright laws that are more targeted at the real problem," Mr Ruddock said. "We should not treat everyday Australians who want to use technology to enjoy copyright material they have obtained legally as infringers where this does not cause harm to our copyright industries," he said.
The Australian Federal Police do not actively pursue people who have engaged in taping TV shows or transfering songs to their MP3 players from CDs, although a spokeswoman said all referrals were acted on."
just think how lethal this information could be in the wrong hands.. if you hate someone enough, you could easily have them sent to prison for this (although you'd need to be careful to make sure you DONT get locked up in the process) kinda cool aye? who needs dredging up unpaid parking tickets or traffic violations anymore when you can use this?
and to think.. after 20 years of people using VCR's.. it's only NOW that they've decided to act on it.. guess it helps to keep the populace in a constant state of potential guilt aye? I wonder wot ELSE we're doing that can still be considered illegal?
:: Spoz 11:38 PM |