April 17, 2013

Australian Creators Get Cash Injection

Copyright Agency has announced its latest round of Cultural Fund recipients, benefiting authors and artists through 46 arts, educational and publishing organisations with just under $800,000 in funding. A significant number of initiatives provide opportunities for Indigenous artists and writers, including $25,000 for the Queensland Literary Awards David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous manuscript; […]

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

Statutory Licence a Win-Win for Students and Creators

Authors want to make enough of a living to be able to continue to create original Australian works to be enjoyed by students and the community at large, participants at the recent Copyright Agency Seminar Education:Information, heard. Author, teacher and parent, Angelo Loukakis, told the seminar the ideal situation was for children to have access […]

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 […]

April 8, 2013

Funding Boost Revives the Great Australian Story

A landmark project to reconnect Australians with their home-grown literature is a step closer to fruition thanks to new funding. Copyright Agency’s Board of Directors has announced a further $266,300 in Cultural Funding forReading Australia. This is in addition to initial funding of $100,000. Chair of the Copyright Agency Board Sandy Grant said Reading Australia […]

April 5, 2013

Career Fund Recipients Taking Australian Creativity Overseas

Talented Australian creators will take their careers to the world stage thanks to professional development funding through the Copyright Agency Career Fund. Twelve Australian creators will share in over $32,000 to help build their careers and professional skills through residencies and mentorships in countries as diverse as Norway, Bangladesh, France and Japan. Cultural Fund Manager […]

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 […]

Image Credit: Madison Bycroft, Gong Farmer Shit Stirrer and the maiden of grief, 2019 (detail, still), digital video installation, courtesy and © of the artist.

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