Black and white photos of Anna Krien and Robert Drewe.

April 26, 2013

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 […]

April 25, 2013

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 […]

April 25, 2013

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. […]

April 22, 2013

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 […]

April 17, 2013

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 […]

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 […]