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COPYRIGHT ACT 1968 - SECT 132AD

Making infringing copy commercially

Indictable offence

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person makes an article, with the intention of:

                              (i)  selling it; or

                             (ii)  letting it for hire; or

                            (iii)  obtaining a commercial advantage or profit; and

                     (b)  the article is an infringing copy of a work or other subject-matter; and

                     (c)  copyright subsists in the work or other subject-matter when the article is made.

             (2)  An offence against subsection (1) is punishable on conviction by a fine of not more than 550 penalty units or imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or both.

Note 1:       A corporation may be fined up to 5 times the amount of the maximum fine (see subsection 4B(3) of the Crimes Act 1914 ).

Note 2:       If the infringing copy was made by converting the work or other subject-matter from a hard copy or analog form into a digital or other electronic machine-readable form, there is an aggravated offence with a higher maximum penalty under section 132AK.

Summary offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person makes an article, with the intention of:

                              (i)  selling it; or

                             (ii)  letting it for hire; or

                            (iii)  obtaining a commercial advantage or profit; and

                     (b)  the article is an infringing copy of a work or other subject-matter and the person is negligent as to that fact; and

                     (c)  copyright subsists in the work or other subject-matter when the article is made and the person is negligent as to that fact.

Penalty:  120 penalty units or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.

             (4)  An offence against subsection (3) is a summary offence, despite section 4G of the Crimes Act 1914 .

Strict liability offence

             (5)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person makes an article in preparation for, or in the course of:

                              (i)  selling it; or

                             (ii)  letting it for hire; or

                            (iii)  obtaining a commercial advantage or profit; and

                     (b)  the article is an infringing copy of a work or other subject-matter; and

                     (c)  copyright subsists in the work or other subject-matter when the article is made.

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

             (6)  Subsection (5) is an offence of strict liability.

Note:          For strict liability, see section 6.1 of the Criminal Code .



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