While acknowledging copyright is important for rewarding creative endeavour, the recently released Productivity Commission’s Intellectual Property Arrangements draft report recommends a significant reduction in the term of copyright, the removal of territorial copyright, and a move to US-style ‘fair use‘ on copyright law.
- Will these proposals deliver cheaper books for Australians? If so, at what cost?
- Will it be viable to produce Australian textbooks in the future?
- Should Thomas Keneally still receive royalties payments from his early works?
This event is part of the Sydney Writer’s Festival.
What is ‘fair use’?
Fair use is an American legal principle that has enabled large enterprises in the US to use copyright material for free. Under Australian law, enterprises pay Australian writers, artists, creators, photographers and publishers to use their work, unless it’s for public interest purposes outlined in the legislation, such as reporting news or parody.