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    Google warns against changes to Australian copyright law

    SYDNEY (AFP) - Internet search-engine giant Google has warned that proposed changes to Australia's copyright laws could drive the country back to "the pre-Internet era".

    The warning came in a submission to Australia's senate on legislation Google said could open the way for copyright owners to take legal action against search engines for caching and archiving.
    "Given the vast size of the Internet, it is impossible for a search engine to contact personally each owner of a web page to determine whether the owner desires its web page to be searched, indexed or cached," Google said Tuesday.

    "If such advanced permission was required, the internet would promplty grind to a halt," Google's senior counsel and head of public policy Andrew McLaughlin told the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.
    Such requirements would "condemn the Australian public to the pre-internet era and will place them at a serious competitive disadvantage with those in other countries who have such access," McLaughlin said.
    The Australian government says the new laws are designed to keep up with the fast pace of technological change, but McLaughlin said they failed to take into account the reality of how information was processed and provided online.

    "Google believes that the bill fails significantly to bring Australia's Copyright Act fully into the digital age," it said.
    Google has been locked in copyright disputes with several content providers globally, including Agence France-Presse, who have complained the Internet giant had used their material without permission or compensation.

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    Well i guess is sucks to be australian now, but then again i guess people will just start using other search engines etc, and this really shouldn't really affect my web experience that much..

    So what do other Australian members here think of this whole thing..?


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    are you illiterate? what they are saying is that it would fux all the search engines.

    Anyway they should just put a no bot tag on their sites if they don't want to be crawled.

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    I am with you abit here acidtone, I can't see it really affecting my personal internet experience that much (I visit the same sites most of the time).

    Having said that for 99.9% of people (and the more I think about it the more it includes me) the search engine makes the internet what it is and this would be a massive blow to internet usability.

    What is interesting is what the copyright owners think they will achieve by this, it is because the search engines index their content that the majority of people actually read it, (and click through allowing them to sell ads) so they protect their copyright but no-one views their work anyway - is that really a win?

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    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    Well Blokes and Blokesses..............

    This is your usual storm in a teacup..............hell, a bloke might be forgiven for thinking that it was a Pommy plot??????

    I would take a total simpleton's view (because it comes naturally to me)

    If I copyright my titles and brief introductions, then my stuff will never be seen and will never sell?

    If the whole intellectual content were available, then that would be an issue?

    As for the "caching and archiving" I will go for the UK "Police Act" the US "Miranda Act" and so on...... If you said it it may be used as evidence??????

    Otherwise please chose your social model from:

    1. George Orwell 1984
    2. Ray Bradbury Farenheit 454

    England are obviously going to win "The Ashes" ?

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    The Doctor Und3ertak3r's Avatar
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    dunno what the prob..
    advice to Google.. if the aus laws piss you off..
    wait for the AUD to drop below 58c US - happens at least once a year...
    By 51% of the country.. controlling interest law rescinded

    (Idea borrowed from Brain of Pinky and the Brain fame)
    "Consumer technology now exceeds the average persons ability to comprehend how to use it..give up hope of them being able to understand how it works." - Me

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    In And Above Man Black Cluster's Avatar
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    Fellow AOer, I have good news for you

    I had a revelation of this unporn legislation to be called off. Believe me.

    The Prophet
    \"The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards - and even then I have my doubts\".....Spaf
    Everytime I learn a new thing, I discover how ignorant I am.- ... Black Cluster

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