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Optus court decision “common sense”

Media Release
Scott Ludlam 8 Feb 2012

The Australian Greens have warned the Government and Coalition to avoid a ‘quick fix' stitch-up with the major sporting codes and media companies following the Optus Federal Court decision.

Greens communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said "The judgement appears to be a common sense reading of the Copyright Act that recognises people should be able to watch content at a time and place of their choosing".

"It is interesting to watch the commercial intermediaries trying to protect their ‘exclusive' rights to profit from sports broadcasting, when all that has happened is that technological innovation has swamped an obsolete business model."

"The Government should be on notice that the Greens will not automatically support a hasty whack at the Copyright Act which attempts to turn back the tide," said Senator Ludlam.

Greens spokesperson for Consumer Affairs Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said a consumer interest test must be applied to any proposal put forward by the Government.

"If someone wants to watch their team on their iPhone or laptop while catching the bus home at night why shouldn't they be able to?" said Senator Hanson-Young.

"There is more at stake here than the rights of TV stations or football codes, ultimately sport and entertainment remains popular as long as the audience can watch - and this means at a time and place that suits them."

Media Contacts:

Giovanni Torre (Senator Ludlam): 0417 174 302
Paris Lord (Senator Hanson-Young): 0427 604 760



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