Google Says Australian Copyright Law Too Strict

Law360, New York (November 7, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Warning that new amendments to Australia’s copyright law may push the country back to the “pre-Internet era,” Google Inc. has urged the Australian government to consider a more flexible policy that would not require search engines to receive permission from Web site owners before indexing the sites.

By relying on the specific copyright exemptions in its current draft of the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006, the Australian government would “inevitably run afoul of technology’s rapidly changing reality,” Google senior counsel Andrew McLaughlin said in a submission to...
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