In the Press
FAQ - Disposals
Frequently Asked Questions
Q - We are a small 'not for profit' community organisation
do we have to pay a Magnus-Opus licence fee?
A - Magnus Opus will grant a copyright amnesty to bona-fide
charitable and community organisations who work pro bono. Such organisations
may apply to Magnus-Opus with evidence of their 'not for profit'
status and mission statement. Nota Bene - this offer does not extend
to members of the Liberal Party, One Nation Party or Country Party.
Q - I do not wish to purchase a Magnus-Opus licence - what
is the best way to dis-continue the use and dispose of my telecommunications
A - Magnus-Opus can offer several useful suggestions regarding
the disposal of redundant telecommunications technology. We call
this our three R's strategy.
Return your telecommunications device to your service provider and/or
supplier together with a legal demand for a full refund of the product
and services. The service provider and/or supplier may well have
failed to inform you, as the customer, of the full copyright implications
of the use of such products and services and may, therefore, be
legally liable to pay compensation for the loss of amenity. Make
sure to send a photocopy of your original receipt and/or contract
as evidence of proof of purchase.
Many telecommunications devices contain both valuable and toxic
materials and components. It is therefore very important to dispose
of your telecommunications device in an environmentally responsible
manner. Many retailers operate schemes to recycle mobile telephone
batteries (which contain toxic materials) and some dealers will
buy back unwanted devices.
For those with an Artistic or Scientific flair we suggest that telecommunications
devices can be put to many ingenious and creative alternative uses
around the home. Batteries from mobile devices can be used to power
electronics hobby projects and many other components, such as speakers
and microphones can be re-used in home audio experiments.
Q - Are there any telecommunications devices or systems which
do not broadcast or perform the copyright Magnus-Opus melody series.
A - Yes, there are alternative telecommunications devices
and systems which do not rely upon the transmission or performance
of the copyright Magnus-Opus melody series.
We suggest that you connect an older style rotary dial 'Pulse' telephone.
Other handy methods include; the Amateur Band and Citizens Band
in the Radio spectrum and all forms of Morse code devices. (Although
now redundant as an international communications standard Morse
code is still an effective way of communicating with older members
of the community who have enjoyed military training).
Other open communications standards include Semaphore, Smoke Signals
and International Signing for the deaf - although the authors are
still to discover a method more effective than plain speech and
letter writing (although the authors take no responsibility for
the timely delivery of posted items).
© Dr.Sonique and Jon Drummond