FC: Australia news roundup: IP, broadband, game ratings

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Wed Nov 27 2002 - 16:59:33 PST

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    Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2002 10:46:30 +1100
    From: Nathan Cochrane <ncochraneat_private>
    Reply-To: ncochraneat_private
    Organization: The Age newspaper
    To: declanat_private
    Hi Declan
    Something to read when you have nothing better to do. Issues of Politech 
    general interest from Australia.
    Liberals eye bulk broadband savings
    All Victorian schools, hospitals and public buildings will have access to a 
    $30 million broadband network with speeds of at least two megabits per 
    second by 2005 if the Liberal Opposition wins power in the Victorian 
    election on Saturday, says shadow IT minister Victor Perton.
    Call for adult approach to games ratings
    A Western Australian academic has claimed that adults should be free to 
    play violent and pornographic computer games because there was no evidence 
    they were more harmful than other media, despite Federal Government claims 
    to the contrary.
    Who owns a fact? Great database debate begins in Australia
    Seminars to be held in Melbourne and Sydney during the next week will look 
    at the issue of who owns a fact. Access to plain facts is on the auction 
    block as a result of recent decisions in Australia and overseas that seek 
    to tie up databases under international copyright laws.
    The European Union has passed strong laws protecting any database created 
    through "industrious effort" or the "sweat of the brow", but North American 
    courts have taken a contrary view and require a database to show creative 
    effort before it can be protected.
    Collusion claim between governments and media
    Global media giants work with Western governments to discredit 
    anti-corporate culture and online activism and crimp human rights, a US 
    researcher claims.
    Nathan Cochrane
    Deputy IT Editor
    The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
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