Protocols for respecting First Nations IP

The Australia Council released the latest edition of its Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts.

Time for the truth to interfere in copyright battle

In an article in Business Insider, the Chair of the Australian Copyright Council, Kate Haddock, picks apart Wikipedia’s campaign to get copyright changed in Australia. She writes: ‘This campaign is about Big Tech companies who want the change so they can use Australian content — music, literature, educational materials, movies — without paying for it. […]

Third annual Brian Johns Lecture: Saving news that matters in a time of information overload

On Thursday 4 May the Centre for Media History, in collaboration with the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, hosted the annual Brian Johns Lecture at the Metcalfe Auditorium in the State Library of New South Wales. Speaking to a full house on the subject ‘How the internet killed my business model: Saving news that matters in a time […]

Tech development and content creation are not opposed to each other – they must go hand in hand

Steve Jobs said: “From the earliest days at Apple, I realised that we thrived when we created intellectual property. If protection of intellectual property begins to disappear, creative companies will disappear or never get started.”  Bravo Steve, I say! Read Copyright Agency Chairman Kim Williams’ Opinion piece published in the Fairfax media today: Copyright changes are […]

Fair doesn’t mean free: changes would crush local content

The Productivity Commission’s draft report on Australia’s copyright arrangements makes recommendations that would be incredibly detrimental to our national creative talent. The report is overall profoundly disappointing and a major cause for concern, says Copyright Agency Chairman Kim Williams. “I cannot think of another recent report that so seriously misses the main drivers of its area of […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Australia is participating in negotiations for a Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) with 11 other countries: Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand Singapore, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the USA and Vietnam. As is now common in trade agreements, the TPP is expected to include a chapter on intellectual property (IP). The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade […]

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. […]

Image Credit: Copyright Agency members (left to right, top to bottom): Anita Heiss, photo by Helen Kassila. Mikey Cahill, photo by Olivia Tran. Sally Rippin, photo by Olivia Tran. Ramesh Nithiyendran, photo by Bryan Sun.

Image Credit: Created using stock images by Shutterstock.

Image Credit: Artwork 1: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Untitled (awelye), 1995. Reproduced courtesy of Utopia Art Sydney. Artwork 2: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Untitled, 1992. Reproduced courtesy of Utopia Art Sydney. Artwork 3: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Untitled (yam), 1995. Reproduced courtesy of Utopia Art Sydney. Images courtesy of Thames & Hudson Australia.

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