Pay Attention To .Au/.Us IP Trade Law

The recent US-Australia Free Trade Agreement Chapter 17 (IP) locks Australia into our existing DMCA-style laws and extends them further: banning access control circumvention, extending copyright, guaranteeing penalties greater than actual damages for deliberate copyright infringement, committing us to recognising patents whether a product or process, in all fields of technology, etc. Linux Australia has produced a draft position paper (rough HTML version), has a how to help page, and started a petition

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