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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 […]

February 20, 2014

APA Welcomes Attorney-General’s Support for Creators

The Australian Publishers Association today expressed concern at a proposal from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to introduce a ‘fair use’ exception to copyright laws. The Association welcomed comments made by the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis, when tabling the ALRC’s final report of its inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy that […]

February 20, 2014

ALRC Final Report Announced

The Government released the final report of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) on 13 February. The major recommendation in the report is that the Australian Copyright Act be amended to include a new, broad, ‘flexible’ exception modelled on the ‘fair use’ exception in US copyright law. ‘FAIR USE’ EXCEPTION The recommended ‘fair use’ exception […]

February 19, 2014

Copyright Agency welcomes Government’s commitment to Australia’s creative industries

Copyright Agency and its members welcome the recognition of the benefits of statutory licensing system for education and government in the Australian Law Reform Commission’s report on copyright and the digital economy released last week. The current system provides flexibility, choice and certainty for teachers and others who copy and share content, and fair compensation […]

October 16, 2013

Attorney General on Protection of Copyright

In a recent speech, the Attorney General outlined some of his views on protection for copyright and other intellectual property. In his speech to the Australian International Movie Convention on 14 October 2013, the Attorney General made the following comments about intellectual property: As a lawyer and as a policy-maker, it is my strong belief […]

September 2, 2013

Sandy Grant’s Address to NZ Publishers

The following is an excerpt from a speech delivered by Copyright Agency Chair, Sandy Grant at the NZ Publishers AGM on 18 July 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand. “I am going to talk today wearing two hats – I am speaking as the Chair of Australia’s collective licensing agency, the Copyright Agency, and as the […]

June 27, 2013

Online Copyright Reform Discussion Board: Have your Say

As part of its inquiry into copyright and the digital economy, the Australian Law Reform Commission has launched an online discussion board on when it is ‘fair’ to use someone else’s content without their permission. In its Discussion Paper released on 5 June, the ALRC proposed that Australian copyright legislation be amended to introduce a […]

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Image Credit: Hugo Michell Gallery Booth, Sydney Contemporary 2017. Photo: Jacquie Manning.

Image Credit: NGV design store merchandise featuring works by Ruby Tjangawa Williamson, Nita Williamson, Wawiriya Burton with Angela (daughter) and Kathy (grand-daughter). © The Artists/Copyright Agency, 2018 Image: NGV design store Styling: Natalie Turnbull Photo: Daniel Herrmann-Zoll

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