May 5, 2015

Respect for Artists

Michaela Boland’s article (“Olsen v Sotheby’s puts copyright in the dock’’, 28/4) suggests copyright is “in the dock”, when, in fact, what is beyond doubt is that Sotheby’s has breached the copyright of John Olsen. Copyright is simple. You ask per-mission of the creator to reproduce their work and it is their right to refuse […]

John Birmingham

May 5, 2015

This is How the Future Works

You may recall a theft last year. Digital ninjas ghosted their way into the private files of a number of celebrities; mostly, but not entirely female actors. The women’s data, some of it in the form of nude photographs was copied and released into the wild. And then something strange happened. Not straight away. It […]

February 13, 2015

Creators Defend Copyright at Conference

Author John Birmingham and Cartoonist Sean Leahy spoke about the challenges faced by creators in today’s digital environment to around 100 members at our 4th Campaign for Copyright held in Brisbane last month. Facing arguments that creators need to find new business models to sustain revenues, author and columnist John Birmingham and cartoonist Sean Leahy […]

December 10, 2014

Copyright Agency welcomes moves to reduce online infringement

The Copyright Agency supports moves announced today by the Commonwealth Government to reduce online infringement of copyright. This includes amending the Copyright Act to give creators the statutory power to seek a court order requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to block pirating sites. The Copyright Agency welcomes the goodwill all parties are bringing to the […]

September 23, 2014

US court criticises ‘transformative use’ approach to ‘fair use’

A recent decision of the US Court of Appeals has criticised the application of the ‘fair use’ exception in the Cariou case, arguing that the approach leaves no room for licensing ‘derivative works’. More: United States: Seventh Circuit Criticizes Second Circuit’s “Transformative Use” Approach To Fair Use (Proskauer Rose LLP, 23/9/14) Fair Use and Transformativeness […]

July 18, 2014

ALCS study finds authors’ incomes have fallen

A new study released by UK Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) shows that authors’ incomes have fallen since 2005. The study, ‘What Are Words Worth Now?’, was based on a survey of almost 2,500 working writers carried out by Queen Mary College, University of London. The survey found that in 2013, just 11.5% of […]

Books

May 16, 2014

Creators urge EU Balanced Position on International Copyright

In an open letter, 18 creator organisations have asked the European Union to support clarification of the mandate for the committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reviewing international standards for copyright protection. The letter follows the inconclusive ending of the recent meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCRR). […]

April 6, 2014

Renting Textbooks in Australia

Does renting printed textbooks breach copyright in Australia? What about eBooks? A recent newspaper article suggested renting printed textbooks breaches copyright in Australia. Renting pirate copies, or books that have been illegally imported, might breach copyright. Renting books that have been legitimately purchased don’t. The position is different for music CDs and computer programs. For […]

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