April 2, 2013

US Court Holds Google’s Book Digitisation is ‘Fair Use’

On 14 November, Judge Denny Chin held that Google’s digitisation of millions of books was ‘fair use’ under US copyright law. The decision (available here) is the latest development in the protracted legal process since authors and publishers initially took legal action against Google in 2005. Authors’ and publishers’ representatives reached a ‘class action’ settlement […]

March 25, 2013

Government Releases Cultural Policy

The government released its National Cultural Policy, Creative Australia, on 13 March. The policy is an outcome of the Government’s 2020 summit in 2008, and the first national cultural policy since Creative Nation in 2004. The policy sets out five goals covering covering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; cultural diversity; the central role of […]

February 27, 2013

ALRC Copyright Inquiry

As part of its inquiry into copyright and the digital economy, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) received 283 submissions in response to the Issues Paper released on 20 August 2012. All of these submissions are published on the ALRC website. The main submissions seeking changes that would adversely affect the interests of Copyright Agency|Viscopy members […]

August 15, 2011

National Cultural Policy Discussion Paper

Minister for the Arts, the Hon Simon Crean MP released a discussion paper for the National Cultural Policy on 11 August. Consultation on a new National Cultural Policy began in 2009 and has involved discussions with the arts and culture sector, creative industries, the general public and government. These discussions have helped to develop the […]

December 16, 2010

Convergence Review Draft Terms of Reference

On 14 December 2010, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy released a draft Terms of Reference for a Convergence Review to be held in 2011. What is ‘convergence’? Over the past 15 years, there has been a range of technological developments in telecommunications, radio, television and the internet. Although […]

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