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.
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.
The Arts Law Centre of Australia (Arts Law) is pleased to comment on the Productivity Commission Issues Paper.
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.
Dallas Buyers Club wins landmark piracy case, ISP Code of Conduct and the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill
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.
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.