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

Media Statements

  • 20 June 2008

    The New Zealand government has announced it will engage in public consultation over a controversial trade agreement currently being negotiated behind closed doors by a select group of developed countries. Negotiation of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is being lead by the United States, the European Union, Japan and Switzerland, with countries such as New Zealand and Australia invited to participate, however the substance of the agreement is being kept under tight wraps.

  • 27 November 2006

    A controversy over cricket supporters' parodies of copyright works raises larger issues of copyright law reform in Australia. The Australian Parliament will this week consider the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006 (Cth), which provides qualified protection for parody and satire.

    The record company EMI threatened to sue the Australian cricket supporters, the Fanatics, for breach of copyright over a number of musical works contained in its song-book. The songs included parodies of The Monkees'

    Daydream Believer, the Village People's Go West and Robbie Williams' Rock DJ .

  • 14 November 2006

    If the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006 is rushed through Parliament, then Australians will be the not-so-proud owners of a complex and inflexible copyright regime that's out-of-date the day it becomes law. Despite what seemed like good intentions, the government has delivered a 200 page mess of changes, with no "fair use" flexibility that U.S. consumers and innovators depend on.

  • 03 May 2006

    With the Copyright Amendment (Exceptions, Enforcement and Other Measures) Bill listed for introduction during the Autumn sittings of Parliament, Australians will soon find out whether the Federal Government will lay the foundation for a new era of Australian innovation by granting us the same rights as our US counterparts when it comes to using music, software, video and all the other information products that surround us day to day.

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