Charity pushes for software law changes

Australian charity PCs For Kids is pushing both the Australian and New Zealand governments to change software copyright laws to let it and similar charities refurbish PCs without having to buy new software licences.

Australian charity PCs For Kids is pushing both the Australian and New Zealand governments to change software copyright laws to let it and similar charities refurbish PCs without having to buy new software licences.

The Geelong-based organisation was pushing federal IT Minister Senator Richard Alston to change copyright laws to allow "refurbishment licences" be granted to worthy causes and recycling companies. It also planned to enlist the support of the New Zealand government, which has just announced a review of copyright law.

PCs For Kids says laws in the US and Britain allow this.

Last week Microsoft, with which PCs for Kids is locked in an argument over software licences, offered $65,000 worth of "technological assistance" to the charity and other organisations in Geelong. Microsoft says it is committed to helping the less fortunate, but it turned down a request from PCs For Kids for 2300 software licences worth $A400,000.

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