The ADA has joined with over 30 other organisations signing an open letter urging countries negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) to reject proposals for extended copyright terms. Signatories to the letter include international organisations such as creative commons and Wikimedia, through to libraries, educational organisations, consumer groups and internet groups. Australian signatories include the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), Electronic Frontiers Austral
In the Report the ALRC tabled on 13 February 2014 as a result of the 18-month inquiry they conducted into copyright reform for the Digital Economy, the ALRC makes 30 recommendations. The primary recommendation is for the introduction of a fair use exception to Australian copyright law.
In a symbolic moment Australia joined 68 countries as an original signatory of the Marrakesh Treaty.
Implementation of the treaty will do much to end the ‘book famine’ – a situation where the world’s Blind and Visually Impaired (BVIP) can only access 2-7% of the world’s published content. The Marrakesh Treaty tackles this drought of works in two ways, by mandating countries have a copyright exception to allow accessible copies to be made if there are none available, and then ensuring that those accessible copies can be shared across borders.
Following the Copyright panel at Vivid Ideas (great to see copyright featuring at #vividideas!) we have republished the blog post for the event, because we think it shows some of the burning issues the panel worked through during the session, as well as a fun look at mythbusting some common misconceptions. As follows.......
With the internet changing the way we create, share and access information, the question is, when it comes to copyright, as a consumer, are you breaking the law? As a creative, are you protected?
One achievement emerged from theotherwise unsuccessful27th meeting Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights in Geneva, the signing of the Marrakesh Treaty by the EU, India, Greece and France.
It was recently brought to our attention that the Australian Screen Association (formerly known as AFACT) has been providing the Attorney-General’s department with a ‘very poignant critique of the politics and demands of Australia's vocal minority (specifically …. the ADA).’
In their submission to the ALRC Copyright and the Digital Economy inquiry, the ACCC came out in support of fair use, was cautious about proposals to repeal the statutory licences (but supported changes to them) and called again for the removal of s51(3), which prevents the ACCC looking after competition in IP markets.
Anna Harley has prepared a quick run down on the major points of the ACCC submission, illustrating what happens when you take a competition framework and apply it to copyright reform: