September 25, 2023

U.S. Exports DMCA to Australia

Kim Weatherall notes that in the recent “Free Trade” Agreement between the U.S. and Australia, the Aussies agreed to implement a DMCA-like law, and to extend their term of copyright. Needless to say, these are both bad ideas. Kim offers a long post recounting the history of this issue in Australia.

I only wonder what the U.S. negotiators had to give up, or what other Australian concession they had to forgo, in order to cement these unfortunate provisions.


  1. Cypherpunk says:

    Wasn’t the DMCA itself passed to implement an international agreement, the WIPO copyright treaty? In a way, the DMCA was “imported” to the U.S.