Copyright Agency attends the Productivity Commission Public Hearing

The Copyright Agency attended the Productivity Commission’s Public Hearing on Tuesday 21 June. Below is the full text version of opening remarks from Copyright Agency CEO, Adam Suckling.   Productivity Commission Public Hearing Sydney Intellectual Property Arrangements Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this public hearing. The inquiry is an important one.  It […]

5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright

Canadian novelist, poet and Executive Director of The Writers’ Union of Canada, John Degen wrote a no-nonsense piece debunking the five lazy lies routinely deployed about copyright. We have republished it with John’s permission. 5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright that the Media Should Stop Repeating By John Degen I get it — copyright is complex and, frankly, not all […]

Fair doesn’t mean free: changes would crush local content

The Productivity Commission’s draft report on Australia’s copyright arrangements makes recommendations that would be incredibly detrimental to our national creative talent. The report is overall profoundly disappointing and a major cause for concern, says Copyright Agency Chairman Kim Williams. “I cannot think of another recent report that so seriously misses the main drivers of its area of […]

Content industry hits out at proposed changes to copyright

The Copyright Agency’s response to the changes proposed by the Productivity Commission has been published in The Australian Financial Review Copyright Agency chief executive Adam Suckling said the introduction of a long-debated US-style “fair use” exception for the use of copyright material would curtail the production of Australian content and destabilise an industry that contributed $7.4 billion to the economy. Read the […]

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Productivity Commission proposals would stifle Australian content

Proposals to impose a US-style intellectual property arrangement in Australia made by the Productivity Commission today would pose one of the greatest dangers to Australian-made content in a generation. “A US-style ‘fair use’ arrangement to copyright is out of context in the Australian system and would be a wrecking ball to Australian writers, creators, publishers and […]

US Authors Guild’s review of Google Books case denied

The U.S. Supreme Court has today denied to review an appeal to the case Authors Guild v. Google  The decision leaves standing the view that copying and providing access to some millions of copyright protected books for profit-making purposes and without payment to authors is “fair”. “Today authors suffered a colossal loss,” said Authors Guild president Roxana Robinson. […]

Paul Goldstein on the rise and rise of fair use exceptions

Prof. Paul Goldstein, widely regarded as one of America’s finest legal minds on intellectual property, gave a speech late last year at an IFRRO Forum in Mexico City where he described a “great and worldwide battle (…) between the compensated use of copyrighted works and the free use of these works”. He predicted the outcome of this struggle would […]

The potential impact of ‘fair use’ on creators

In today’s Australian newspaper, Copyright Agency’s CEO, Adam Suckling, looks at why a change to a US-style copyright system will discourage Australian innovation. The opinion piece ran as part of a larger feature, The Fight Over Fair Use. Adam writes, “There’s no doubt we all love a great story – whatever the medium: books, television, films, plays, […]

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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