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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 […]

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 […]

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). […]

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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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). […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Australia is participating in negotiations for a Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) with 11 other countries: Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand Singapore, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the USA and Vietnam. As is now common in trade agreements, the TPP is expected to include a chapter on intellectual property (IP). The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade […]

Attorney General Answers Questions on ALRC Report

On 2 December 2013, the Attorney General received the final report from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) on its inquiry into copyright and the digital economy. On 5 December, the Attorney General answered some questions without notice in Parliament. The Attorney General said that the Government would be responding to the report in the new year. […]

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 […]

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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