The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) has launched a campaign designed to point out flaws in the country's copyright law, which states that "distributing an infringing article that prejudicially affects the copyright owner" is illegal.
The translation of that legalese, according to News.com.au, is that sharing a YouTube video or creating a meme could land you with a hefty fine — in some cases up to $93,500 — and jail time. Or, as the ADA's campaign puts it, "You is an outlaw." You being, essentially, everyone.
The law is rarely enforced but the campaign organizers hope to convince the Australian government to update the legislation so that online sharing can exit the shadows of illegal behaviour. Australia is undergoing a review ofRead More »from Stop, that grumpy cat meme is illegal in Australia