Recording free-to-air content for personal use in the digital age

Since the recent Federal Court decision in Optus v NRL, which ruled that consumers could record free-to-air TV to the cloud for playback to their mobile phones, tablets, PCs and notebooks within the scope of private copying provisions of the Copyright Act, the football codes have been lobbying government fiercely for legislative amendment.

On 24 February the ADA sent letters to several ministers, including the Attorney-General, highlighting concerns with any hasty amendment to the Copyright Act or other legislation while legal action is ongoing. The ADA urged the government to divert the issue into the upcoming ALRC copyright review.