An Intellectual Property (IP) system designed in the best interests of Australians.
This is the goal set by the Competition Policy Review Panel in their Final Report, and they’ve made some firm suggestions on how to achieve it.
Identifying Australia’s IP regime as a priority for review, the Panel recommends an overarching review of IP to be completed within 18 months. The Panel was concerned that recent reviews into IP had been partial examinations, and recommend a review to focus on:
What do contemporary poetry, Valentine's Day and a Kevin Rudd parody Twitter account have in common? They all face their own copyright trials and tribulations as outlined at the 6th Annual Australian Digital Alliance Forum.
The ADA Copyright Forum is just round the corner, join us at the National Library on 13th February for an insightful journey through copyright's many facets.
Be inspired as Maryanne Diamond explores copyright reform and access for the blind and vision impaired. Listen as Professor Jill McKeough explores some of the international trends and developments. Learn as Dr Lucy Montgomery expores Open Access and the Knowledge Unlatched project.
In 2011, Australia concluded the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The agreement, which had been negotiated with the usual secrecy surrounding a trade agreement, was promptly slammed by academics, civil society, industry groups and the parliamentary committee charged with reviewing the agreement. To date only one country, Japan, has gone on to ratify the agreement. It’s a stark example of what happens when a small number of people make agreements away from public scrutiny and input.
“Information is power. We use information to make decisions. We use information to make choices in our lives.
And we are waiting for our lives to be transformed. “
World Blind Union represents 285 million people who are blind or have low vision. 90% live in developing countries, and 90% of those children do not get a proper education, leading to high unemployment and low living standards.
All around the world today people are celebrating the works that enter the public domain. But there’s not much to celebrate in Australia, where nothing will enter the public domain for another 10 years.
With a plethora of recommendations and reviews outstanding, the Attorney-General’s commitment to an overhaul of the Copyright Act 1968 is well timed. The ADA forum kicks off the year exploring many of the current legal gaps and innovative solutions in the world of copyright. From the challenges of making WWI materials accessible to regional areas through to digital publishing and open licencing, the ADA Forum remains the premier user-focused event discussing the changing copyright landscape in Australia.