What’s wrong with Copywrong

A new website asserts that ‘Australia’s copyright laws are out of touch with the digital world’ and gives a list of ‘examples’. Unfortunately, a number of the ‘examples’ are unsubstantiated, and inconsistent with the facts. ‘example’ facts Australian schools pay up to four times more in copyright fees to deliver education using digital technologies than […]

Universities Australia Supplementary Submission to ALRC

Universities Australia (UA) has made a supplementary submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into copyright and the digital economy. The primary purpose of the submission is to ‘elaborate’ UA’s argument that the statutory licence for education should be repealed. It sets out four models which it says are alternatives to the statutory […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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