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    I am the owner and managing director of Information Automation Limited (IAL), a company that specialises in research, consultancy and training for the information profession. We are particularly interested in all forms of electronic information resources (e-journals, e-books, etc) and I teach a course in electronic publishing at the Department of Information Studies in Aberystwyth. Drilling down still further(!), my interests centre on the quality and evaluation of electronic information, and in the thinking that underpins activities in library and information science.
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    Friday, December 22, 2006

    Copyright Petition - deadline

    The petition:
    We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to create a new exception to copyright law that gives individuals the right to create a private copy of copyrighted materials for their own personal use, including back-ups, archiving and shifting format.
    Available at has a deadline of 26th December 2006. The petitioner, Suw Charman, explains:
    Thousands of people own MP3 players which they have filled with copies of CDs that they have legally purchased, yet making this copy is itself illegal. Copyright law is out of step with this common behaviour which is seen by the majority as morally and ethically acceptable. The law should be changed to reflect new, fair uses of copyrighted materials.
    Currently the petition has 3,263 signatures but I imagine that it would have many more if the site was better publicised.

    Note that in the right hand column of my blog, iNG, there remain 3 petitions which I support. Please sign by clicking on the link and following the instructions. Please also let more people know about the petitions site.

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