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 Australian copyright law and search engines

Google has warned that proposed changes to Australia's copyright laws could open the way for copyright owners to take legal action against search engines for caching and archiving and thus drive the country back to "the pre-Internet era". "Given the vast size of the Internet, it is impossible for a search engine to contact personally each owner of a web page to determine whether the owner desires its web page to be searched, indexed or cached," Google said. "If such advanced permission was required, the internet would promplty grind to a halt."

  • November 7, 2006: New Australian copyright rules 'restrictive': Google, Sydney Morning Herald:
    "Internet search engine Google has asked for more flexibility in new federal copyright laws, warning Australian businesses could be held back because the new rules are too restrictive."

For more information on the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006 (Text of the bill and Explanatory memoranda) visit the Australian Copyright Council Website!




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