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.
These two reports prepared by Lateral Economics for the ADA examine the economic impact of copyright laws on industry and innovation in Australia. Exceptional Industriesexamines the economic contribution to Australia of industries relying on limitations and exceptions to copyright, and Excepting the Future makes the the economic case for flexible copyright exceptions and extended safe harbour provisions.
The joint submission from the ADA and ALCC on the Attorney General's review of technological pretection measure exceptions made under the Copyright Act 1968.
Submissions to the review were due by Friday 17th August 2012, and will be available on the Attorney-General's website. Comments on submissions will be accepted by the Department until Friday 5th October, 2012.
The joint submission from the ADA and ALCC on the Attorney General's draft terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission's inquiry into copyright and the digital economy.
This year, the ALRC is undertaking a review of the copyright regime in Australia to determine whether the exceptions in the Copyright Act 1968 are appropriate in the digital environment. Submissions on the draft terms of reference were due by Friday 27th April 2012.
In 2008, the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee and the Australian Digital Alliance published a handbook on use of section 200AB, introduced into Australian law through the Copyright Amendment Act 2006 (Cth) with the aim of providing a 'flexible exception to enable copyright material to be used for certain socially beneficial purposes, while remaining consistent with Australia's obligations under international copyright treaties'.
In 2012, the ADA and ALCC will be looking to refresh the section 200AB handbook.
Joint submission by the ADA and ALCC to the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet's National Cultural Policy discussion paper. The submission advocates for a balanced and flexible copyright regime to bring the arts and creative industries into the mainstream of Australian life.
Joint response by the ADA and ALCC to the Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0 Draft Report. It supports all of the recommendations made in the report, and commends the proactive approach taken by the Government 2.0 Taskforce. The submission makes additional supporting comments with respect to: open, accessible and reusable PSI and increasing access to the collections of cultural institutions.
Submission by the ADA to the Australia 2020 productivity agenda for education, skills, training, science and innovation. It recommends amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) to assist in access to information for students, with particular focus on an amendment to prevent the contracting out of copyright exceptions.