Media statements and opinion pieces by the Australian Digital Alliance in response to copyright law and policy developments.

Media Statements

  • 11 December 2014

    The announcement that there will be no changes to authorisation liability in the scheme to tackle online copyright infringement has been welcomed by the Australian Digital Alliance.

    “This is an excellent result for Australian schools, universities, online industries and other service providers” said the Australian Digital Alliance’s Trish Hepworth

  • 11 December 2014

    PRESS RELEASE: Safe harbours still broken despite 10 year campaign to rectify drafting mistake

    The government today missed a crucial opportunity to rectify a 10 year old drafting error that has left Australian online platforms, educational institutions, libraries and other service providers at a competitive disadvantage and at heightened legal risk.

    No move will be made on safe harbour extension, despite the proposal receiving wide support when proposed in the Online Copyright Infringement discussion paper released earlier in the year. 

  • 29 July 2014

    A year ago today, the bipartisan IT Pricing Inquiry concluded that Australians do pay more for their music, movies and IT products.  This ‘Australia tax’ they concluded, was not explained by additional staffing costs or warranty obligations, but primarily by deliberate market segmentation, enforced with goeblocks on digital content. 

  • 24 February 2014
    Cultural institutions and creators join industry, consumers and educators in support of fair use. 

    Today libraries, cultural institutions and creators join other groups in welcoming the Attorney-General George Brandis’ commitment to fixing  Australia’s copyright law.

    This coincides with the final report of the Australia Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) review of Australian copyright law, released last week. The exhaustive and independent review has recommended the introduction of fair use into Australia’s copyright law. 

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