30 October

Copyright amendment bill

Arts Law provided a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Standing Committee on the Copyright Amendment Bill 2006, focusing on the proposed exception for parody and satire and looking at the breadth of the general proposed new exceptions for museums, galleries, libraries, archives and educational institutions and their potential impact on income for creators. Arts Law also advocated for additional funding for artists who will lose income though the proposed time shifting and format shifting amendments for private copying.

The full range of submissions is available on the Government website

The Copyright Amendment Bill passed through the Senate 1 Dec 2006. The Bill includes a fair dealing exception for the purposes of parody and satire when using a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work or audio visual item. Further information on the Bill is available on the Government’s website.