May 19, 2015

Effective measures to reduce online piracy are paramount

Copyright Agency | Viscopy has welcomed the Government’s Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper, saying reform is long overdue. Chief Executive Murray St Leger said, “It’s well established[1] that Australians overwhelmingly want creators to be paid for the work they distribute online. We want an internet that works for everyone – creators, consumers, tech providers and […]

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 […]

European Commission Flags

July 18, 2014

EU Copyright Reform Paper Delayed

18 July 2014: The European Union’s White Paper “A Copyright Policy for Creativity and Innovation in the European Union” will now be released later this year. Earlier this year, the European Commission conducted a public consultation on a review of the EU copyright rules. The consultation resulted in more than 11,000 responses. In June 2014, IPKat published an internal draft of […]

July 18, 2014

Resale Royalty Gains Momentum in US

18 July 2014: US artists in the US have been successful in getting a Bill introduced into Congress for an artists’ resale royalty scheme. Australia is one of about 50 countries to have an artists’ resale royalty scheme, whereby a small proportion of the sale price is paid to the artist each time an artwork […]

Hong Kong skyline viewed from Victoria Peak

July 18, 2014

Copyright Amendments in Hong Kong

18 July 2014: Amendments to Hong Kong’s copyright legislation were introduced on 18 June 2014. The amendments include: a new exclusive right to communicate their works through any mode of electronic transmission new exceptions for: parody, satire, caricature and pastiche; commenting on current events; quotation; temporary reproduction by Online Service Providers (OSPs); media shifting of […]

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 […]

June 26, 2014

Australia Signs Treaty for Visually Impaired

On 23 June, Australia signed the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaty for the visually impaired. Australia’s signing of the treaty was announced in a joint media release from the Minister for Foreign Affairs (Julie Bishop), Attorney General (George Brandis), Minister for Trade and Investment (Andrew Robb) and Assistant Minister for Social Services (Mitch Fifield). […]

May 23, 2014

Competition Policy Review

The Federal Government is conducting a review of competition policy. The Issues Paper includes questions on intellectual property and parallel importation. Responses are due by 10 June 2014. An issues paper was released on 14 April 2014. There is no reference to intellectual property in the terms of reference, but the issues paper canvases intellectual […]

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Image Credit: Image courtesy of Australian Publishers' Association. Photo: Irene Lorberg Photography.

Image Credit: Akil Ahamat, So the spaces between us can stay soft, 2018. Single channel video, stereo sound; installation, 3D printed resin, chrome, concrete, 80 x 50 x 45cm. © Akil Ahamat | Licensed by Copyright Agency

Image Credit: CREATE judges left to right: Geordie Williamson, Terri Bird and Gail Jones. Photo: Copyright Agency.

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