The Federal Government is planning to overturn a ban which limits such activities which has somewhat made most of their population criminals in the eye of the law. Attorney-General Philip Ruddock has supported the cause and plans to add fair-use loopholes that will clear the way for private citizens to copy the content without breaking the law.
However, it is not clear if the government would help the industry by levying some kind of a tax on devices, which can be used to make copies of digital content like blank CDs and DVDs. As per current laws in the country, it is illegal for example to convert the songs on an audio CD to play them on portable music players like the Apple iPod. In fact, taping a program coming on television is also illegal as per the laws in Australia.
Mr Ruddock said in a statement that their should be a compromise which helps both the industry and the common man. He added: "We should have copyright laws that are more targeted at the real problem. We should not treat everyday Australians who want to use technology to enjoy copyright material they have obtained legally as infringers where this does not cause harm to our copyright industries."