Updating Australia’s copyright laws
The Department of Communications and the Arts has released draft amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 aimed at reducing the regulatory burden on the disability sector, libraries, archives and educational and cultural institutions. The changes will ensure these stakeholders and the wider Australian community have reasonable access to copyright material.
The changes will also simplify the Act, including by: Streamlining the educational statutory licence provisions to make it easier for educational institutions and copyright collecting societies to agree on licensing arrangements for the copying and communication of copyright material. Providing simple, clear rules for libraries, archives and key cultural institutions to make preservation copies of copyright material. Aligning the terms of protection for unpublished works with published works to give libraries, archives and other cultural institutions greater opportunities to use, and provide public access to, unpublished works. Providing search engines, universities and libraries with 'safe harbour' protection if they comply with conditions aimed at reducing online copyright infringement. Submissions close 12 February 2016. See: https://www.communications.gov.au/departmental-news/updating-australias-copyright-laws
- Wednesday, 20 January 2016