ALRC review of the Copyright Act: what this may mean for Artists

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.

About Copyright and Moral Rights

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.

Face the Music with the Kookaburra Case

View video footage of the recent 'Face the Music' event about the controversial Kookaburra Court Case and what it means to songwriters and musicians.

Copyright amendment bill

Arts Law provided a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Standing Committee on the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006.

Directors’ copyright

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.