Don’t come the raw prawn over creative rights

Iconic Australian playwright David Williamson wrote in The Daily Telegraph on Saturday 10 June about why copyright is so vital to him and why he and 49 of Australia’s leading stage and screenwriters have signed an Open Letter rejecting any relaxation of Australian copyright. “A lot of people used to say to me, you’re lucky to […]

NAVA Launches Open Letter to the Australian Government on Copyright

The national peak body protecting and promoting the professional interests of the Australian visual and media arts, craft and design sector, NAVA, is gathering signatures as part of a campaign opposing the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to introduce ‘Fair Use’ in Australia. The recommendations to relax copyright protections with the introduction of the US doctrine of […]

Time for the truth to interfere in copyright battle

In an article in Business Insider, the Chair of the Australian Copyright Council, Kate Haddock, picks apart Wikipedia’s campaign to get copyright changed in Australia. She writes: ‘This campaign is about Big Tech companies who want the change so they can use Australian content — music, literature, educational materials, movies — without paying for it. […]

A quick update on copyright

Things change rapidly in the world of copyright in Australia – so here’s the latest round up to bring you right up to speed. Copyright amendments The Government is about to pass amendments to the Copyright Act, supported by the Copyright Agency and other content creator representatives, which will significantly increase access to copyright material, while […]

Tech development and content creation are not opposed to each other – they must go hand in hand

Steve Jobs said: “From the earliest days at Apple, I realised that we thrived when we created intellectual property. If protection of intellectual property begins to disappear, creative companies will disappear or never get started.”  Bravo Steve, I say! Read Copyright Agency Chairman Kim Williams’ Opinion piece published in the Fairfax media today: Copyright changes are […]

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Simplification of Copyright Act a Win for Local Creators and Users of Australian Content

Copyright Agency welcomes the Government’s amendments to the Copyright Act which will make it even simpler for students to access a huge range of content, allow libraries to exhibit more material to the Australian public and enable people with disabilities to access copyright material more easily. “These changes remove unnecessary red-tape and are a sensible […]

Strengthen, don’t weaken: Deny big tech its copyright coup

Seamus McGuinness, the Managing Director of Australian educational publisher, R.I.C. Publications, writes about how weakening copyright rules will give big tech companies a free ride on Australian creative content. Download and read the licensed copy from today’s Australian Financial Review newspaper.  

Everything you need to know about the Productivity Commission’s findings on copyright: Part 2

Everything you need to know about the Productivity Commission’s findings on copyright: Part 2 Since the Productivity Commission’s (PC) final report on Australia’s IP arrangements was released by Government in December, there has been a lot of activity. Here’s a quick summary of what’s happened to date. The report recommends a number of damaging changes to Australian […]

Image Credit: Author Fellow, Rodney Hall. Photo by Ross Bird. Non-Fiction Fellow, Krissy Kneen. Photo by Anthony Mullins. Visual Artist Fellow, Khaled Sabsabi. Photo by Khaled Sabsabi.

Image Credit: 2020 Reading Australia Fellow, Karen Yager. Photo by Paul Wright.

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