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. […]

World Book and Copyright Day a Trigger for new Reading Initiative

In conjunction with World Book and Copyright Day (April 23), Copyright Agency is announcing an initiative to expose Australia’s rich writing heritage to future generations – and is releasing the results of a survey that show time-poor teachers need help finding quality resources for the classroom. As UNESCO states, “Books are our allies in spreading […]

A Copy a Day Keeps Creators in Pay

More than a billion pages of copyrighted material are being photocopied or used electronically by schools and universities for teaching every year. Copyright Agency’s Manager of Surveys & Monitoring, James Tweed, says the agency’s annual surveys capture a sample of how much and what is being copied or shared digitally so that creators, such as […]

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; […]

Image Credit: 1. Cover design by James Rendall © Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd.

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