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Australian Panel Calls For Copyright Amendments

Law360 (June 24, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An Australian parliamentary committee has urged the federal government to rewrite copyright laws to soften the impact of the planned free trade agreement with the U.S. on the price of books, music recordings, videos and other copyright materials.

The government-controlled joint standing committee on treaties called for a series of changes to the Copyright Act to offset the impact of the FTA's requirement for the term of copyright protection to be extended from 50 years after the death of an author or creator to 70 years,...
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