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Re: [dvd-discuss] Fwd: Australian Court rules: Films aren't software

--- Mark Hore <baerwulf@echidna.id.au> wrote:

> The importance of this arguement is that it is illegal in australia to rent
> an article of software without the explicit permission of the copyright
> holder. This was bad for the hire companies as two versions of DVDs were
> released simultaneously. Warner threatened to sue anyone renting the home
> versions. the association countersued to define DVD-Video as a movie under
> copyright law. (Interestingly if the courts ruled against the association
> then they could gain some additional rights granted for only software)

Well, we don't know exactly what the Austrailian definition of "software" is.

It's too bad that Warner didn't win, because outlawing renting of DVD's would
have led to more piracy and lower profits for them. :-]

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