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Words in (AU) Copyright Act vs Time

Jun 01, 2010, 14:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The Statute of Anne (1709) has about 2,500 words in it. It took roughly 200 years to reach 7,500 (in our 1905 Act). For your reference, the NSW Conveyancing Act 1919 No6 (which actually does deal with property) has about 82,000 words (ie about the number of words added to the Copyright Act in the last 10 years). We might speculate whether there will be enough paper in the world to even print the Act in 20 years' time...

"It is hard to see any relationship between the amount of legislation and the reported rate of piracy (which seems to be in a long term, albeit slow, decline). To the extent there is a relationship, the reported rate seems to lead changes in legislation."

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