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Copyright's Dark Clouds: Optus v NRL

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This presentation will examine the extraordinary decision by the Full Federal Court in the Optus "TV Now" case and its serious ramifications for the future of cloud based computing and streaming services.

The presentation will discuss the potential effects on cloud based services, streaming services and mobile entertainment that flow from the severe restrictions outlined in the decision on the "personal recording" copyright exemption.

The High Court has recently declined special leave to appeal, so this case now forms the basis for interpreting the "personal recording" exemption. I will examine the implications of this for industry and the potential way forward for reform.

The presentation will draw on some of the analysis that I have written in http://www.czaxxover140.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/optus-v-nrl-rightsholders-vs.html and http://www.czaxxover140.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/optus-v-nrl-copyrights-dark-clouds.html

Ben Powell

Ben holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania where he developed a particular interest in Copyright Law and its impact on the technical community. Before this he worked in the IT industry for longer than he cares to remember.

He currently works for the Australian Government in a project management capacity.