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Tue, 13 Sep 2005
As summarized in Kim Weatherall's blog the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs is holding a narrow review into exceptions needed for the anti-circumvention laws we must introduce due to section 17.4.7 in the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement. Since we're not allowed to introduce any exceptions for anyone who "manufactures, imports, distributes, offers to the public, provides or otherwise traffics", these exceptions don't help Open Source authors or businesses. So our submission concentrates on the missing language in our law, which has been effectively added by courts in the US (ie. Chamberlain v. Skylink).
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