Arts Law advocates for a fair and effective copyright system that prevents unauthorised misappropriation of copyrighted work and ensures that artists receive credit and remuneration for their creative output. Arts Law is particularly active in promoting greater adherence to copyright laws where Indigenous art works are involved as Indigenous artists have traditionally proved more vulnerable to unethical practices and exploitation. Arts Law recognises that it is in the public interest to allow some exceptions to copyright and has lobbied for a fair balance, such as in respect of changes proposed to the fair dealing exceptions. Arts Law also advocates for the increased recognition of artists’ moral rights, including the right to be named as the creator and the right against the derogatory treatment of artistic and creative works.
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The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) today released the final report for its inquiry, Copyright and the Digital Economy. The ALRC was tasked with considering whether the current copyright exceptions are adequate in the digital era.
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) recently released a Discussion Paper titled “Copyright and the Digital Economy” outlining proposed changes to the Copyright Act 1968. Arts Law explains what the main proposals are and what this may mean for Artists.
On 13 February 2014, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released its final report on Copyright in the Digital Economy.
Most controversially, the report recommends the introduction of fair use in Australia as a defence to copyright infringement replacing the current fair dealing exceptions.
Arts Law recently provided a submission to the Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications on the Copyright Legislation Amendment (Fair Go for Fair Use) Bill 2013.
On 7 November 2013, Arts Law made a submission to the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property's Review of the Designs System.
In November, Arts Law provided a submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) inquiry into Copyright in the Digital Economy. The submission has now been published on the ALRC website for public viewining.
At the end of July 2013, Arts Law made another submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry into Copyright in the Digital Economy, this time in response to Discussion Paper 79.
Arts law is particularly concerned by some of the proposals in the draft report. The undervaluation of artists' contributions and the lack of consideration of Indigenous Cultural Intellectual Property issues, the suggestion that the optimal copyright term is 15 to 25 years after creation, the proposal to remove parallel import restrictions for books and the fair use provisions proposed in the draft report. You can read our full submission here.
Arts Law supports the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 as it allows copyright owners to block access to online locations that engage in the flagrant infringement of copyright. The Bill balances the interests of the copyright owners, ISPs and operators of the online location as the impact of an injunction on each stakeholder will be taken into account before the Court makes a decision to block access to an online location.
Arts Law provided a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Standing Committee on the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006.
Arts Law discusses the need for review of the Australian system of protection for designs in the Jan/Feb edition of the LexisNexis Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin.
Brief submission to the Federal Government supporting submissions made by Australian Copyright Council and others.
Arts Law made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee on the need to broaden the very limited rights to copyright for film directors that the Government proposed in June 2005.
On 27 October 2012 the Orphan Works Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
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Arts Law made a submission to the review by the Federal Government to examine whether changes needed to be made to the fair dealing exceptions in the Copyright Act.
Arts Law was a member of the Australian Coalition for Cultural Diversity (ACCD) and party to numerous submissions made by the ACCD on the USFTA. Arts Law made a submission in April 2004 and gave evidence to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT).
Arts Law made a submission to the Federal Government in January 2004 after the Federal Government indicated in 2003 that it intended to introduce ICMR legislation amending the Copyright Act and circulated a draft bill.
Arts Law has continued its advocacy on the Copyright Amendment (Indigenous Communal Moral Rights) Bill.
In December 2014, the Federal Government tasked internet services providers with drafting an industry code to aid the fight against online copyright infringement by users. Arts Law recently made a submission to the Communications Alliance Ltd on the draft ISP Copyright Notice Scheme Industry Code.
Arts Law made a submission to a review by the Federal Government on the 1% cap on the licence fees paid to the PPCA for the playing of sound recordings on radio.
Read Arts Law's response to the Attorney-General's Online Copyright Infringement discussion paper.
On 4 December 2014, the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) released an options paper concerning the review of the Australian Designs System. The registered designs system in Australia is concerned with protecting the visual appearance of a manufactured product and has not been reviewed since the commencement of the Designs Act in 2003.
The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs released its report on the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 recommending that the law be passed with some amendments.
The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is pleased to comment on the Productivity Commission Issues Paper.