MUSIC IN YOUR FUNCTION – ARE YOU DOING THE
your function – whether it be a birthday party, a
wedding reception or corporate event
I bought a legitimate CD. Can I copy tracks from the
purchased CD onto an iPod or a blank CD for use in my function or at my
The purchase of a CD only gives you the right to own the
physical disc, to play it privately, and to pass on the same physical
disc to another person. This means that copying the music from a CD
including onto an iPod, without the permission of all relevant copyright
owners, is an infringement of copyright except in very limited
circumstances. The Copyright Act allows you to “format shift” music for
for example, to copy from CD format to MP3 format in certain limited
situations. However, this
does not extend to use of the music on commercial premises.
I operate a function centre. Can I be held responsible for any
pirate music played on the premises?
Yes, as the venue operator you may be held liable for
authorising copyright infringement if pirated music is played on your
might include iPods that are loaded with
illegally downloaded music
or DJs who are using digital music devices, such as computers, without
the relevant reproduction licences in place. As the venue operator, it
is also your responsibility to obtain public performance licences from
APRA and PPCA (or the relevant copyright owner).
Can I be fined or jailed for music piracy?
Music pirates can be fined up to $60,500 and up to 5
years imprisonment for each offence. For companies the fines are up to 5
times as much.
Under changes to the Copyright Act the police can
also issue an on-the-spot fine of $1320 and seize pirate music.
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Have you heard of someone that has down loaded songs in Australia and
has been fined for it?
Have you heard of someone uploading song and been fined for it?
In the USA it has happened and the fines are big.
Do you want to be the one in Australia to be first?
August 05, 2009
Tenenbaum hit with $675,000 fine for music piracy
Student slapped with $22,500 fine for each of 30 songs he admitted to illegally downloading
In finding Tenenbaum guilty of willful copyright infringement, the Boston court's jury fined the 25 year-old doctoral student a sum of $22,500 for each illegally downloaded song, far less than the maximum statutory fine of $150,000 per song that the jury could have hit him with.
read more here http://www.riaa.com/blog.php?content_selector=Musings-On-Tenenbaum-Case
June 18, 2009
Thomas verdict: willful infringement, $1.92 million penalty
Thomas-Rasset was found liable for willfully infringing all 24
copyrights controlled by the four major record labels at issue in the
case. The jury awarded the labels damages totaling a whopping $1.92
Read more here
Piracy Report Form Press The Button
Support the Artists and song writers
that make the music you like.
19 October 2006, the Attorney-General, the Hon Philip Ruddock MP
introduced the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006 into Parliament
incorporating changes which allow limited copying of sound recordings
for private and domestic use. The changes also strengthen the
enforcement mechanisms available for copyright infringement.
The Copyright Amendment Bill 2006
passed through both houses of Parliament on 5 December 2006 and came
into effect on 1 January 2007
What are the
enforcement provisions allow the police to issue on-the-spot fines of
$1320 to people involved in certain acts of copyright infringement and
to seize copyright infringing material and Computers with
Royalty Free Music Sites
When Looking at royalty free music read
the Licence agreement to see if you can use
it for what you want to. Most of the royalty
free music is not 100% royalty free and you
will have to pay.
Look at the Licence agreements for public
No revival of expired
If copyright expired before
1 January 2005, it was not revived, even if
it was less than 70 years since the end of
the year in which the creator died or the
first publication of the material.
Once the copyright has
expired it then becomes public domain.
Public Domain is 100% Royalty Free
Read more here
Links to Music Sites
APRA (the Australasian Performing Right
AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners’ Society).
ARIA - Australian Recording Industry
ARIA - Top 50 Singles Chart (TI = TIME IN CHART)
PPCA - Phonographic Performance Company
of Australia Limited
Australian Copyright Council
Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI)
The following guides have been created to educate you on using music
legally within your industry
Australian Federal Police
Other Web sites you may like to see
Reporting pirated Microsoft products
Lost or Stolen Mobile Phones in Australia
To get your (International Mobile Equipment Identity) IMEI number
pressing *#06# on your mobile phone keypad.
lost or stolen Optus Mobile Phone. Call Optus Customer
Service on 133 343
lost or stolen Telstra Mobile Phone. Telstra Mobile customer call
125 111 immediately
lost or stolen Vodafone Mobile Phone.
Call Vodafone customer care immediately on 1800 638 638
Outside Australia call +61 414 14 14 14
Report a scam
If you have been scammed or think you have
seen a scam, there are many government agencies in Australia that
you can contact for advice or to make a report. The best agency to
contact depends on where you live and what type of scam is involved.
If you are not sure which agency would be the best one to contact in
your circumstances, contact the ACCC Infocentre on 1300 302 502.
Before you send any money to any one for anything take a look at the scam
watch site, it's a free site that could save you thousands of dollars
Beware of Horse racing scams or horse Racing software
Gold Coast Queensland Australia
These so called investment opportunities have cost Australians more than $20
million in recent years. While the majority of these businesses operate from
the Gold Coast.
read more about it here http://www.scamwatch.gov.au
Traffic Control In Queensland
When the Traffic controller Puts
there hand up to get you to stop then points back down the road. The traffic
controller is pointing at a traffic cone or Bollard 10 metres back
down the road from them that you should stop at.
I have seen some
traffic controllers pointing for year and have only just found out
what they have been pointing at and what it meant. You would think it should
be in the road rules so you would know to stop 10 meters from the traffic
controller. or have a sign there saying stop here.