Audio Format Shifting To Be Okayed in New Zealand

The New Zealand government is about to define a small part of the rights assumed by the fair use clause in the Copyright Act 1994. Essentially they are going to protect the consumers’ rights to convert media from one format to another for personal use, making it clearly legal to transfer tracks from a commercial CD to a mix-CD, MP3 player, PDA, PC, 8-track, or tuned array of hummingbirds. NZ law already makes it clear that gifting or reselling items includes a transfer all of rights, including copyright, warrantee, and licencing agreements, so providing your original is the genuine article you’re not a criminal

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