CD pirates in from the cold

Tuesday, 25 June 2002, 12:26 PM EST

The Australian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society will allow an Adelaide-based business to operate CD-pirating kiosks nationwide for a modest royalty payment.

The coin-operated kiosks could open in shopping malls, supermarkets or record stores from September and charge $5 for each CD "burn".

Some independent operators have already installed copying machines in convenience stores, but their legality has not been tested.

Observers say the green light from AMCOS, which represents songwriters and music publishing companies, has world implications and suggests the industry has been cornered into a compromise with the unstoppable pirating of music.

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