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May 10, 2017

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 […]

May 2, 2017

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 […]

March 16, 2017

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.  

February 23, 2017

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 […]

February 16, 2017

Australian Content Industry unites to reject Productivity Commission report

We are members of Australia’s content, creative and entertainment sectors, producing Australian work and telling Australian stories across media, screen, music, literature and the arts.   Our sector makes a significant contribution to Australian culture, jobs and the economy employing hundreds of thousands of Australians to produce some of Australia’s best loved stories. We are […]

February 9, 2017

Unfair disadvantages could flow from ‘Fair Use’ proposal: US Chamber

  The Executive Director, International IP, at the Global Intellectual Property Center of the US Chamber of Commerce, Patrick Kilbride, writes in The Australian newspaper today: …”Historically, Australia has been a world leader when it comes to IP legislation and is one of a small group of nations that has effective incentives to create in place, providing legal […]

February 2, 2017

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

Just before Christmas last year the Productivity Commission’s final report on Australia’s IP arrangements was released by the Government. The report recommends a number of damaging changes to Australian copyright including introducing ‘Fair Use’ and removing parallel import restrictions on books. The Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is accepting submissions on the final […]

December 21, 2016

Opinion: Copyright report isn’t innovation – it’s a rip-off

CEO of the Copyright Agency, Adam Suckling, writes in today’s Fairfax press: Mad Max, Muriel Heslop, Deb Mailman, Barnsey, Farnsey, Flume, Sia and Magda. What do they have in common? We all know them because they represent the best of our creative culture – and our Australian identity. They are unique to us: this sunburnt […]

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