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. […]
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 […]
The Executive Director, International IP, at the Global Intellectual Property Center of the US Chamber of Commerce, Patrick Kilbride, writes in The Australian newspaper today: …”Historically, Australia has been a world leader when it comes to IP legislation and is one of a small group of nations that has effective incentives to create in place, providing legal […]
American best-selling author and former President of the US Authors’ Guild, Scott Turow, addressed the Australian Society of Authors’ Congress recently. He urged authors to stand united to retain their rights and for readers to back them through buying their books. Read this edited version of his engaging and informative speech, which was published in […]
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 […]
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. […]
The decision of the US Supreme Court on 19 March 2013 in Kirtsaeng v Wiley has sparked divided responses. The decision allows importation into the US of books produced legitimately in other countries. See overview of decision, and comparison to position in Australia, here. Comments from publishers: Association of American Publishers Association (AAP) statement on […]
On 14 November, Judge Denny Chin held that Google’s digitisation of millions of books was ‘fair use’ under US copyright law. The decision (available here) is the latest development in the protracted legal process since authors and publishers initially took legal action against Google in 2005. Authors’ and publishers’ representatives reached a ‘class action’ settlement […]
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