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

Media Statements

  • 06 December 2004

    The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) and the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) last Friday called on Government to urgently review the Copyright Legislation Amendment Bill 2004, which is expected to be debated in the Senate on Wednesday.

    The ADA and ALCC expressed concern that the Bill, in its current form, will introduce major changes to Australian copyright law which will further tip the copyright balance in favour of rights holders, to the detriment of carriage service providers (CSPs) and users of copyrighted material.

  • 23 August 2004

    The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) and the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee today called on the Government to urgently amend the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) to recognise an open ended defence of fair use.

    The ADA and ALCC stated that such reforms are necessary in light of the deleterious impact of the US Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act 2004 (Cth) upon libraries, universities, cultural institutions, and software developers.

  • 02 March 2004

    Canberra: The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) and the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) today released a Statement of Principles in respect of Australia's commitments in the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States.

    "The Statement of Principles sets important standards for Australia's commitments under the Free Trade Agreement, " said Tom Cochrane, Chair of the ALCC "The implementation of FTA obligations may disturb the balance in our current copyright regime"

  • 07 September 2000

    The Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000 was signed into law by the Governor-General on 4 September 2000. It commences 6 months after that day, on 4 March 2001.

    The new Digital Agenda Act is a major leap forward for Australian copyright. It will provide much-needed legal infrastructure for our burgeoning information economy.

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