605234 story ARIA Sells a Licence for DJs to Format Shift Music 239 Posted by samzenpus on Thursday April 03, 2008 @02:28AM from the next-up-a-whistling-tax dept. lucas writes "The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has set up a new licence to let DJs format shift their music to use at gigs. DJs will need to pay a licence fee to copy music they already own legally from one format to another for ease of use, and as a back-up in case originals get lost or stolen. Criminal penalties for DJs involved in "music piracy" are up to sixty thousand dollars and 5 years imprisonment. There are also on-the-spot fines of over one thousand dollars."