This report is the result of a review by the Attorney-General's Department into 'format shifting' and two new copyright exceptions to permit photographs and cinematograph films to be reproduced in a different format for private use, subject to certain conditions.In January 2008, the Attorney-General asked the Department to review the operation of two new copyright exceptions that provide for 'format shifting'. These exceptions are sections 47J and 110AA of the Copyright Act 1968 which permit photographs and cinematograph films to be reproduced in a different format for private use, subject to certain conditions.
Sections 47J and 110AA were introduced by the Copyright Amendment Act 2006 and commenced on 11 December 2006. That Act also required that a review of the operation of these provisions be carried out by 31 March 2008.
To assist the review, the Department published an issues paper in January 2008 inviting public submissions. The closing date for submissions was 29 February 2008.
The Issues Paper and a list of submissions received are accessible at this site as is the final report of the review of the operation of sections 47J and 110AA which was tabled in Parliament on 18 June 2008.