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[FYI] (Fwd) FC: Australian government statement on email-forwarding

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Date sent:      	Mon, 05 Mar 2001 14:29:32 -0500
To:             	politech@politechbot.com
From:           	Declan McCullagh <declan@well.com>
Subject:        	FC: Australian government statement on email-forwarding flap
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From: "Chalmers, Rachel" <Rachel.Chalmers@the451.com>
To: "'declan@well.com'" <declan@well.com>
Subject: RE: Forwarding email without permission now illegal in
Australia Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2001 09:38:36 -0800


The Australian Attorney-General has already responded to the 
email-forwarding beatup:

"Contrary to alarmist media reports, sharing e-mail is not banned by
law. Amendments to the Copyright Act that came into effect today do
not outlaw the practice of forwarding personal e-mails to other
people. That would be ridiculous."


What he doesn't say is that the Digital Agenda Act contains the same
prohibition on copy protection circumvention as the DMCA - and that
Australians don't have a free speech defence.

Rachel Chalmers, the451

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