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    Anyone here about how you could face jail time in Australia for forwarding e-mail?

    Forwarding an e-mail to friends, family, or colleagues without permission from the sender is illegal from today and could result in severe penalties.

    New laws set out maximum penalties of five years' jail or fines of $60,000.

    The illegality stems from breaching the copyright held by the person who originally wrote the e-mail.
    Ouch. That sucks.

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    that's partially incorrect - the Digital Agenda Act /Copryright act has been amended in such a way to target emails where content is considered 'literary works' - personal emails or passing on a joke to friends via email will not fall under the this amendment.

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