Refused Classification Means What, Exactly?

Australia’s planned mandatory internet service provider level internet filter will block Refused Classification (RC) material. Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy says that’s child pornography, pro-bestiality sites, pro-rape websites and material like that. But it’s actually more than that. The full definition of RC isn’t even described by adding the phrase detailed instruction in crime which Senator Conroy sometimes mentions. It’s actually any instruction in any crime whatsoever. Since copyright infringement now includes some criminal offences, some technical information on bypassing digital rights management or copy protection is potentially RC. Offline, books about graffiti art have already been Refused Classification, as was a satirical article about shoplifting published in a student newspaper

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