ADA Welcomes Minister Fletcher to the Copyright Portfolio

The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) is very pleased to welcome Paul Fletcher MP to his new role of Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts.

Minister Fletcher’s background in the communications industry puts him in a strong position to tackle the long overdue modernisation of our copyright laws to make them fit for the 21st century.

“Recent reports from the Australian Law Reform Commission and the Productivity Commission have concluded that our outdated copyright laws are a detriment to Australia, stunting our economic, technological and cultural growth,” said Jessica Coates, Executive Officer of the ADA.

“They recommended that our laws be made more flexible and balanced, to legalise the ordinary activities we all undertake daily and ensure our educators, cultural institutions and researchers are able to do their jobs.”

“These reports also show that without urgent changes to Australia’s copyright laws, Australia is going to be locked out of the opportunities that are available to researchers and tech companies in other countries, including in the area of artificial intelligence.”

“The Government’s current Copyright Modernisation Consultation gives Minister Fletcher the opportunity to implement these recommendations to serve the whole Australian community, from our creators to our educators to consumers.”

From the outset of his political career, Minister Fletcher has championed a fairer, stronger, more prosperous Australia which makes the best use of modern technologies for the benefit of us all. We at the ADA look forward to working with Minister Fletcher towards achieving this goal.

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