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Unlike much copyright law which struggles to inspire the imagination this legislation is of particular interest and significance as it aims to set the ground rules the rights for our emerging knowledge economy a central tenet of current political discourse and I hope a common vision for Australia It is the potential of these rights coupled with the ubiquity of the application of these new rights with technological innovations which has captured the attention of so many interests Of course it was only recently that digital issues were debated in this place in the form of the digital television debate It was a quite hotly contested debate I am happy to be speaking about digital issues again today in the chamber but I guess rather in the general electronic sense of the word rather than comparing two analog spectrums and say the possibilities of multi channelling The bills central aim is to ensure that copyright law continues to promote creative endeavour while allowing reasonable access to copyright material on the Internet and through new communication technologies The bill introduces a new right of communication to replace the broadcasting right of the 1968 act This right is intended to be technologically neutral thereby providing copyright to all interactive transmissionsdatacasting Internet services and similar emerging technologies as well as technologies with which we are more familiar such as standard broadcasting technologies The bill introduces three new enforcement measures These concern the manufacture of and dealing in devices for the circumvention of technological projection measures that is in certain cases the intentional removal or alteration of electronic rights management information like digital watermarks and the manufacture of and dealing in devices for the unauthorised reception of encoded subscription broadcasts like decoders to allow the unauthorised reception of pay TV signals The bills objects reflect the aim of trying to strike a balance between access and copyright protection The Australian Democrats as they have said a number of times
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