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.