What does creation look like in the digital era? Who are the creators? How do we interact with our cultural heritage? What roles do museums and collections have to play in the conversation? Is current intellectual property law a help or a hindrance?
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) review of Copyright and the Digital Economy will shortly draw to a close. The ALRC is due to provide its final report to government by 30 November 2013.
This review is of enormous importance to the entire Australian education sector. Universities, schools and TAFEs, as well as many other users groups, have unanimously supported the ALRC’s proposals to introduce a flexible fair use exception and to replace the educational statutory licences with voluntary licensing.
The Civil Society stakeholders for the Brunei round of TPP negotiations are very disappointed that no formal report from the Chief Negotiators was presented, nor the opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions in a forum where all could hear the answers.
The Fair Deal Coalition has launched a new initiative that will give Internet users a platform to discuss what copyright should look like under the TPP. The Coalition’s ‘Your Digital Future’ tool invites stakeholders from all sectors - not just old media conglomerates - to discuss what kind of copyright law the TPP countries need in order to encourage creativity, participation, and innovation.
The joy and relief amongst the delegates in Marrakesh was palpable, as agreement was finally reached on a treaty which will enhance access to published works in formats such as Braille and large text. This is a breakthrough for millions of blind, visually impaired and print disabled people worldwide.
Less than twenty four hours after the release of our micro-site in early June, #copywrong had its first complaint! Copyright Agency Limited (CAL), who manage the collection of copyright fees from Australian schools under the statutory licence for education, not surprisingly took issue with some of the education examples included on #copywrong.