iGEA recently made a submission to he Attorney-General’s Department Review of Technological Protection Measure Exceptions made under the Copyright Act 1968.
As per the Executive Summary:
Many of the Proposed Exceptions, including those relating to backup copies and fair dealing, fail to satisfy the requirements of section 249(4) of the Copyright Act. For this reason, the iGEA recommends that
(a) The AGD rejects the proposed exception for the circumvention of access control TPMs for the purposes of backing up copyright material;
(b) The AGD rejects the proposed exception for the circumvention of access control TPMs for the purpose of an act that falls within the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act; and
(c) The AGD should ensure that any new exceptions are only introduced if the proponent of the exception has identified a class of works or other subject matter for the exception and only to the extent that such works or other subject matter have been properly identified and properly addressed throughout the requirements of section 249(4) of the Copyright Act.
The full submission can be found here.