Copyright Amendment Bill 2006

Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Amends the
Copyright Act 1968
  to implement recommendations from a number of copyright law reviews, including in relation to: new exceptions to copyright; creation of indictable, summary and strict liability offences with a range of penalty options; evidential presumptions; commercial-scale infringements; protection of digital files; fair dealings; copying for preservation purposes; and educational uses. Also implements Australia’s obligations under the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement in relation to technological protection measures; and enhances the jurisdiction and procedures of the Copyright Tribunal. 

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House of Representatives
19 Oct 2006Introduced and read a first time
19 Oct 2006Second reading moved
01 Nov 2006Second reading agreed to
01 Nov 2006Third reading agreed to
06 Nov 2006Introduced and read a first time
06 Nov 2006Second reading moved
29 Nov 2006Second reading agreed to
30 Nov 2006Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 80 Government agreed to
01 Dec 2006Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
04 Dec 2006Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments

11 Dec 2006Assent

Act no.: 158

Year: 2006

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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