June 11, 2024

Copyright Agency members among winners of prestigious Australian art prizes

Kurrajong-based artist Laura Jones has won the 2024 Archibald Prize for her portrait of Australian writer Tim Winton. The announcement was made at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on Friday, after the winning piece was chosen from 1,005 entries and 57 finalists. The Archibald, which has been running since 1921, is the most […]

May 30, 2024

UK Parliamentary report urges copyright licensing framework for AI

On 28 May, the UK Parliament’s House of Commons Science, Innovation and Technology Committee released a report entitled ‘Governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI)’. The report addresses 12 challenges, one of which is ‘The Intellectual Property and Copyright Challenge’. Its recommendation is: The Government should broker a fair, sustainable solution based around a licensing framework governing […]

May 29, 2024

Industry Minister: trust in AI undermined by unauthorised uses of creators’ works

In a speech to the Australian Financial Review Artificial Intelligence (AI) Summit (here) the Minister for Industry and Science (Ed Husic) talked about building trust in AI in the Australian community to boost adoption of AI in Australia. He referred to current issues that are eroding trust in AI, including the unauthorised use of creators’ […]

May 27, 2024

Japan Copyright Office on AI and Copyright

The Japan Copyright Office, part of the Japanese Government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, has published ‘General Understanding on AI and Copyright in Japan: Overview’ (May 2024). The document is available here, and there is a link to it from the webpage for the Copyright Subdivision of the Culture Council of the Agency for Cultural Affairs here. […]

May 27, 2024

Newscorp and OpenAI announce licensing deal

On 22 May, Newscorp and OpenAI announced a multi-year licensing deal. You can see NewsCorp’s announcement here, and OpenAI’s announcement here. The deal follows others between OpenAI and media companies, including with the Financial Times (here).

May 27, 2024

Parliamentary inquiry on the influence and impacts of social media on Australian society

A Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Social Media and Australian Society has been established inquire into and report on the influence and impacts of social media on Australian society. Its terms of reference include: (a) the use of age verification to protect Australian children from social media; (b) the decision of Meta to abandon deals […]

May 27, 2024

Parliamentary Inquiry into the Digital Transformation of Workplaces

The House Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training is conducting an inquiry into automated decision making and machine learning techniques in the workplace. The Terms of Reference (here) include: the benefits for productivity, skills development, career progression and job creation in Australia; the role of business software and regulatory technology (‘Reg Tech’) in improving […]

May 16, 2024

Miles Franklin Literary Award 2024 longlist announced

Perpetual, the trustee of the Miles Franklin Literary Award, today announced ten authors have been included on the 2024 longlist. They will be competing for one of the most recognised literary prizes in Australia, with the winner also receiving $60,000. Selected from 104 books, the Award celebrates novels of the highest literary merit that tell […]