Submission

ADA & ALCC joint submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade inquiry into the Treaty Making Process

As our intellectual property laws are increasingly regulated by rules set in international agreements, the processes by which we negotiate, approve and enter into those agreements is of crucial importance. The move away from open, multilateral fora to secret trade-based treaties has added to the complexities of ensuring appropriate IP policies. 

As such the ADA and ALCC were happy with the opportunity to submit to the Senate inquiry into the treaty making process. We made the following proposals to improve the treaty making process:

Competition Review - Issues Paper Submission

Fair use, limiting geoblocking, removal of parallel import restrictions and ensuring intellectual property is subject to rules limiting restrictive trade practices were the key submissions the ADA and ALCC made to the Competition Policy Review 

We believe that these reforms would provide a regulatory framework with the right incentives to enable and promote healthy competition, leading to innovation, better choices for consumers and lower prices.  

ADA Submission to JSCOT: Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA)

This submission is solely concerned with the Intellectual Property provisions of KAFTA, with particular focus on the copyright provisions.  While we express no opinion on the overall benefit of KAFTA to the Australian population, we have some serious reservations about the IP Chapter.  In particular we are concerned that KAFTA:

Supplementary Submission - ALRC Copyright and the Digital Economy Inquiry

This supplementary submission was made by the ALCC/ADA in repsonse to issues raised at the ALCC organised 'libraries and cultural sector round table'.  It deals solely with the issues of document supply and inter-library loan.  

Joint submission on 2013 APRA application for reauthorisation

Joint submission by the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) and Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) regarding Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) application for re-authorisation. In their application, APRA seek a further six year term of authorisation and the revocation of certain findings by the ACCC in 2010. 

Further reading: ADA and ALCC submission on APRA reauthorisation in 2010

ALRC Inquiry into 'Copyright and the Digital Economy' Issues Paper

 

Joint Submission by the ADA and ALCC to the Australian Law Reform Commission's Issues Paper (IP 42) for its Inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy

 

Submission to IT Pricing Inquiry

Joint submission by the ADA and ALCC to the House Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications Inquiry into IT Pricing.

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