13 September 2012 Copyright and the Digital Economy Issues Paper Released


The highly anticipated ALRC issues paper on the Copyright and the Digital Economy was released on 20 August 2012.

The issues paper requests for commentary on over 50 questions relating to the appropriateness of the current copyright exceptions.  These also cover converged media and new technologies in relation to copyright which were not covered in the recent convergence review.

Whether further exceptions should be incorporated into the Copyright Act is also contemplated such as to recognise fair use of copyright material; allow transformative, innovative and collaborative use of copyright materials to create and deliver new products and services of public benefit; and allow appropriate access, use, interaction and production of copyright material online for social, private or domestic purposes.

A copy of the issues paper can be found via the ALRC website.

The deadline for submissions is 16 November 2012.  We will keep you updated with the outcome of the ALRC's inquiry.

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