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

Media Statements

  • 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Parliament, then Australians will be the not-so-proud owners of a complex and inflexible copyright regime that's out-of-date the day it becomes law.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.

  • 07 October 2005

    The ADA & ALCC yesterday welcomed the much anticipated decision in the case of Stevens v Sony, which was handed down by the High Court of Australia in Canberra.

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