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Distributing unauthorised decoder

  (1)   A person commits an offence if:

  (a)   the person distributes (including by exporting from Australia) an unauthorised decoder with the intention of:

  (i)   trading; or

  (ii)   obtaining a commercial advantage or profit; or

  (iii)   engaging in any other activity that will prejudicially affect a channel provider or anyone with an interest in the copyright in either an encoded broadcast or the content of an encoded broadcast; and

  (b)   the unauthorised decoder will be used to enable a person to gain access to an encoded broadcast without the authorisation of the broadcaster.

  (2)   An offence against subsection   (1) is punishable on conviction by a fine of not more than 550 penalty units or imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or both.

Note:   A corporation may be fined up to 5 times the amount of the maximum fine (see subsection   4B(3) of the Crimes Act 1914 ).

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