May 15, 2013

NSW Government Submission to ALRC

The NSW Government has made a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), in connection with its inquiry into copyright and the digital economy. The submission (available here) is primarily about the statutory licence for governments in section 183 of the Copyright Act, but also addresses the library exceptions and other free exceptions. SUMMARY […]

May 8, 2013

WIPO Treaty for the Visually Impaired

In June 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is convening a Diplomatic Conference to conclude a treaty to facilitate access to content by the visually impaired. Australia has world-leading copyright provisions to assist the visually impaired. Copyright Agency is appointed by the Australian Government to manage the statutory licence that allows the making of […]

May 1, 2013

Schools Supplementary Submission to ALRC

The school sector’s supplementary submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) was published on the ALRC’s website today. Background on ALRC inquiry here. The school sector’s supplementary submission is a largely a response to the supplementary submission from Copyright Agency | Viscopy, and addresses three issues: rationale for the school sector’s call for repeal […]

April 26, 2013

UK Copyright Reforms get Royal Assent

On 26 April, the UK Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act received given Royal Assent, and came into law. The Act includes a number of key changes to UK copyright law. The copyright reforms in the Act relate to: licensing of ‘orphan works’ extended collective licensing regulation of copyright collecting societies The first two issues are […]

April 25, 2013

Corby Family Wins Copyright Infringement Case

On 24 April, the Federal Court awarded damages to the family of Schapelle Corby, for unauthorised publication of their photographs in a book about her. THE CASE The court’s decision concerned both infringement of copyright and moral rights arising from the inclusion of five photographs in the book. The book was written by a Fairfax […]

April 25, 2013

US Congress to Review Copyright Law

On 24 April, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee announced a comprehensive review of US copyright law. In his announcement of the review the Chairman referred to the recent testimony to the Committee of the Register of Copyright, Maria Pallante (see blogpost here). The Committee will: …hold a comprehensive series of hearings on U.S. […]

April 12, 2013

Supplementary Submission to the ALRC

The Copyright Agency has lodged a supplementary submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), which is conducting an inquiry into copyright and the digital economy. Download the ALRC follow-up Submission. It is also published on the ALRC’s website here. There is more information on the ALRC inquiry here, including links to the ALRC inquiry homepage, […]

April 11, 2013

US Supreme Court Decision on Importation of Books

The decision of the US Supreme Court on 19 March 2013 in Kirtsaeng v Wiley has sparked divided responses. The decision allows importation into the US of books produced legitimately in other countries. See overview of decision, and comparison to position in Australia, here. Comments from publishers: Association of American Publishers Association (AAP) statement on […]

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