As part of its inquiry into copyright and the digital economy, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) received 283 submissions in response to the Issues Paper released on 20 August 2012.

All of these submissions are published on the ALRC website. The main submissions seeking changes that would adversely affect the interests of Copyright Agency|Viscopy members are those from:

  • the education sector (representatives of schools, universities and TAFEs)
  • public libraries, archives, galleries and museums
  • online service providers (ie. Google, eBay)

Submissions from the education sector are seeking changes to the copyright legislation to reduce the payment they currently make to the creators of the content they use.  The public collections are seeking broader exceptions to allow them, without payment, to digitise content in collections, publish content online, and supply copies to members of the public.  In some cases, these uses are currently covered by licensing solutions that include fair payment to content creators.

Online service providers want to limit their responsibility for uses of copyright content carried on their services. Other submissions include many from our members. For more on the submissions, see our webpage here.

The ALRC is now consulting with a range of groups as reported on their website:

‘..We will begin a fresh round of consultations—including roundtables with a range of stakeholders on developments in law and technology and international comparisons— while reference groups of content owners, collecting societies, business interest groups, creators, the GLAM sector and others are being planned in order to provide the widest possible input.’

A Discussion Paper with draft proposals will be released in the first half of this year. The final report is due in November 2013.