Friday 10 June 2022
For immediate release
Canberra, Australia—The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) is very pleased to welcome the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP back to the role of Attorney-General of Australia.
Minister Dreyfus was appointed on Wednesday 1 June 2022. Responsibility for copyright will return to the Attorney-General’s Department on Friday 1 July 2022.
Minister Dreyfus’ background in the law and his prior experience as Attorney-General in the Gillard government will contribute greatly to addressing the long overdue modernisation of our copyright laws to make them fit for the 21st century.”Next year marks a decade since the terms of reference of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Copyright and the Digital Economy inquiry were released, and there is still more work to be done to make Australia’s outdated copyright laws necessarily flexible and agile,” said Sarah Powell, Executive Officer of the ADA.
“The ADA is committed to working productively with Minister Dreyfus,” Ms Powell said, “We look forward to the Attorney-General continuing the momentum of the recent consultation on the exposure draft of the Access Reform Bill.”
“The ALRC report, and after it the Productivity Commission’s IP arrangements report, both highlighted the urgency of copyright law reform and proposed changes to copyright legislation. The urgency of this is evermore evident as the country continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Australia risks being left behind in emerging technology fields such as artificial intelligence if we don’t act on modernising the Copyright Act now. Copyright is in good hands with the Attorney-General – we hope Mark Dreyfus continues the push to make our copyright system better serve the whole Australian community, from our creators to our educators to consumers.”
The ADA looks forward to continuing our participation in copyright reform processes under Minister Dreyfus.