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COPYRIGHT ACT 1968 - SECT 135ASF

Distributing unauthorised decoder

             (1)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person distributes (including by exporting from Australia) an unauthorised decoder with the intention of:

                              (i)  trading; or

                             (ii)  obtaining a commercial advantage or profit; or

                            (iii)  engaging in any other activity that will prejudicially affect a channel provider or anyone with an interest in the copyright in either an encoded broadcast or the content of an encoded broadcast; and

                     (b)  the unauthorised decoder will be used to enable a person to gain access to an encoded broadcast without the authorisation of the broadcaster.

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



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