A a group called the Creationistas has put together a video explaining that activities like making a cosplay costume of your favourite character or photoshopping Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard into being the same person are examples of how to break copyright law in Australia.
Users cannot even transfer a DVD movie to their tablet, even though it's legal for videotapes. Sharing a YouTube video meanwhile could land you with five years in jail and a fine of $93,500.
According to section 132A part 2 of the Copyright Act, "distributing an infringing article that prejudicially affects the copyright owner" is against the law.
Dan Ilic created the video, hosted by DJ Sampology, and it explains Australia does not have a fair use provision – where you can use and adapt copyright material as long it is ‘fair’. Australia instead has a fair dealing provision, which specifies in law what you can and cannot do.
The Creationistas said the lack of a fair use provision is killing creativity, and is something that urgently needs to be addressed.
“This is not about piracy, this is about culture. Piracy is about stealing, culture is about creation,” DJ Sampology explains in the video.
“Creativity is no longer something that’s packaged, sold and thrown away. Digital places breed ferocious creativity and encourage the collision of ideas that create many works of culture that aren’t made for commercial purposes but made by amateurs for the love of it.”
Australian copyright laws are currently up for review. You can go to the Creationistas website to find out more information, or watch the video below.