Submission to the Senate Committee Inquiry into the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017

The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) welcomes the proposed amendments in the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill as an initial step towards reform of Australia’s copyright safe harbours. The amendments proposed by the Bill will enable Australia’s libraries, archives, schools, universities and disability groups to more confidently engage with new technologies and provide online services to the Australian population.

ALCC/ADA Joint Submission on the Copyright Regulations 2017

The ADA provides comments on the exposure draft of the Copyright Regulations 2017. We applaud the new TPM exceptions for disability access, library use, and schools working within the statutory licence or s200AB, but petitioned for additional TPM exceptions for libraries working under s200AB and others using the fair dealing provision. We also suggest some minor changes to the notice requirements for libraries and archives.

Review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies

The ADA's submission to the first call for consultation on the Code of Conduct for Collecting Societies argues that the massive shortcomings of the current system for regulating collecting societies cannot be addressed by mere amendments to the Voluntary Code of Conduct – reforms to the regulatory system as a whole are required. It endorses the specific recommendation made by our members Copyright Advisory Group of the COAG Education Council (CAG) and Universities Australia.

Australian Productivity Commission Intellectual Property Arrangements Inquiry Final Report Response

The ADA strongly supports the majority of the findings of the Productivity Commission in the final report of its Inquiry into Australia's IP Arrangements. In particular, the ADA supports the keystone of the Commission’s copyright recommendations - the introduction of a modern fair use provision to add flexibility to Australia’s copyright system and more adequately protect user rights. 

ADA Respones to Final Productivity Commission IP Report

The ADA strongly supports the principal copyright finding of the report, that Australia’s copyright arrangements"have been slow to adapt to technological change, imposing costs on the broader community” and as result are “skewed too far in favour of copyright owners, to the detriment of consumers and intermediate users.” To address this imbalance, the ADA strongly supports the keystone of the Commission’s copyright recommendations - the introduction of a modern fair use provision to add flexibility to Australia’s copyright system and more adequately protect user rights.

ADA Submission on the Productivity Commission's Draft IP Report

The ADA in general supports the proposed findings and recommendations set out in the Commission's draft IP report. We believe that the recommendation that Australia should adopt an open ended fair use exception is the key recommendation of the draft report, and the most important step that can currently be taken to ensure an efficient, effective and adaptable copyright system in Australia. 

ADA & ALCC joint submission on the exposure draft of the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill

The ADA and the ALCC strongly support the policy reforms proposed by the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill. We feel these are important changes that provide significant benefits for Australian consumers and businesses. They will particularly benefit the cultural, educational, disability and technology sectors.

Submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Australia's Intellectual Property Arrangements

This submission aims to contribute to the PC's consideration of issues relating Australia’s copyright system, to ensure that it provides appropriate incentives for innovation, investment and the production of creative works and does not unreasonably impede further innovation, competition and access to goods and services.

ADA & ALCC Joint Submission to the ALRC Traditional Rights and Freedoms Inquiry

Copyright is traditionally a civil matter. However, the scope of the property rights, protections and limitations are creatures of statute. The ADA and ALCC submit that the Act currently inappropriately inhibits free speech, shifts the burden of proof in one criminal (and a number of civil) offence(s) and contains unjustified offences of strict liability. We propose:

●      Removal of some of the existing copyright exceptions (as previously identified by the ALRC), to be replaced with a fair use exception to copyright infringement

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:


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