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 Google wants broader Fair Use Exemptions in Australia

In a written submission to the Australian Senate Google argued that proposed fair use exemptions in a bill amending Australia's copyright law does not go far enough in protecting fair use. Google called for a specific exception that would exempt from infringement all caching, indexing and archiving where the copyright owner has not used a standardized protocol to prohibit caching or archiving: "Given the vast size of the Internet, it is impossible for any search engine to contact personally each owner of a web page to determine whether the owner desires its webpage to be searched, indexed, or cached. If such advance permission was required, the Internet would promptly grind to a halt." Google also proposes an exemption for the digitizing of library and archive material: " exception should be made for the reproduction and storage of digital copies of entire works when such reproduction is done for the purposes of permitted research, study, or private use."

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