February 20, 2014

ALRC Final Report Announced

The Government released the final report of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) on 13 February. The major recommendation in the report is that the Australian Copyright Act be amended to include a new, broad, ‘flexible’ exception modelled on the ‘fair use’ exception in US copyright law. ‘FAIR USE’ EXCEPTION The recommended ‘fair use’ exception […]

December 6, 2013

Attorney General Answers Questions on ALRC Report

On 2 December 2013, the Attorney General received the final report from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) on its inquiry into copyright and the digital economy. On 5 December, the Attorney General answered some questions without notice in Parliament. The Attorney General said that the Government would be responding to the report in the new year. […]

October 16, 2013

Attorney General on Protection of Copyright

In a recent speech, the Attorney General outlined some of his views on protection for copyright and other intellectual property. In his speech to the Australian International Movie Convention on 14 October 2013, the Attorney General made the following comments about intellectual property: As a lawyer and as a policy-maker, it is my strong belief […]

September 2, 2013

Sandy Grant’s Address to NZ Publishers

The following is an excerpt from a speech delivered by Copyright Agency Chair, Sandy Grant at the NZ Publishers AGM on 18 July 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand. “I am going to talk today wearing two hats – I am speaking as the Chair of Australia’s collective licensing agency, the Copyright Agency, and as the […]

July 30, 2013

Surveyors Get Fair Share from Government Sale of Survey Plans

Australian surveyors have welcomed the Copyright Tribunal of Australia’s determination, awarding them a fair share of the proceeds to the NSW Government from sale of survey plans. For more than a decade, surveyors have been seeking recognition for the value of their work, and a royalty from the NSW government’s sale of their plans. The […]

July 3, 2013

Greens Copyright Bill Referred to Senate Committee

Greens Senator Scott Ludlum introduced a Private Member’s Bill last week that would amend the Copyright Act in three areas: introduction of an exception allowing ‘fair use’, similar to the exception operating in the US extension of the ‘safe harbour’ provisions for internet service providers to other online service providers, including educational institutions provisions that […]

June 27, 2013

Online Copyright Reform Discussion Board: Have your Say

As part of its inquiry into copyright and the digital economy, the Australian Law Reform Commission has launched an online discussion board on when it is ‘fair’ to use someone else’s content without their permission. In its Discussion Paper released on 5 June, the ALRC proposed that Australian copyright legislation be amended to introduce a […]

June 6, 2013

ALRC Discussion Paper Released

On 5 June 2013, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released its Discussion Paper on copyright and the digital economy. In the Discussion Paper, the ALRC has proposed some radical changes to Australian copyright law, which would have far-reaching consequences for Australian content creators, and for people using copyright content (including teachers and people with […]

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