International copyright

ADA & ALCC joint submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade inquiry into the Treaty Making Process

As our intellectual property laws are increasingly regulated by rules set in international agreements, the processes by which we negotiate, approve and enter into those agreements is of crucial importance. The move away from open, multilateral fora to secret trade-based treaties has added to the complexities of ensuring appropriate IP policies. 

As such the ADA and ALCC were happy with the opportunity to submit to the Senate inquiry into the treaty making process. We made the following proposals to improve the treaty making process:

ADA Submission to JSCOT: Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA)

This submission is solely concerned with the Intellectual Property provisions of KAFTA, with particular focus on the copyright provisions.  While we express no opinion on the overall benefit of KAFTA to the Australian population, we have some serious reservations about the IP Chapter.  In particular we are concerned that KAFTA:

How access to knowledge may be restricted under the TPP

A presentation on aspects of the leaked IP chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement that could restrict access to knowledge, with comments on the experiences of libraries and universities in Australia after similar IP provisions were implemented as the result of the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement.

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties regarding Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

The Australian Government proposes to ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in 2012 following consideration by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties. The ADA and ALCC submission offers brief comment on the importance of adopting a cautious approach to negotiating IP provisions, highlights those ACTA provisions that seem to set a dangerous precent for international IP policy making, and notes the absence of public interest considerations in both ACTA and the National Interest Analysis.

Updated exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives

The WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights dedicated three days in November 2011 to discussions regarding the updating of copyright exceptions and limitations for libraries world wide. The ADA and ALCC communicated with the Australian representative to advance the copyright issues currently facing libraries in Australia.

Proposed WIPO instrument on limitations and exceptions for persons with print disabilities

Joint comment by the ADA and ALCC on WIPO working document Proposal on an international instrument on exceptions and limitations for persons with print disabilities.

Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements

Joint submission by the ADA and ALCC in response to the Productivity Commission's draft research report into bilateral and regional trade agreements. It gives consideration to the negotiation of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) and its impact on the balance of Australian copyright law.

ACTA: Impact on Individuals and Intermediaries

Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade following the release of an official version of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in 2010. It analyses areas of conflict between the requirements of ACTA and Australia's domestic IP policy.

Improving access to copyright materials for the visually impaired

Joint comment of the ADA and ALCC on the draft treaty proposed by the World Blind Union at WIPO, increasing the information available in accessible formats for people with a visual impairment.

Principles for ACTA negotiations

Joint statement of principles for ACTA negotiations by the ADA, the Internet Industry Association, Choice and the Australian Library and Information Association.


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