The Ernst & Young Cost Benefit Analysis Report has been published.

20 December 2016

A report reviewing the implications of introducing 'fair use' exceptions to Australian copyright law has been published today. 'Cost benefit analysis of changes to the Copyright Act 1968' was commissioned by the Department and produced by Ernst & Young.

The report looks at the economic costs and benefits of the current 'fair dealings' exceptions and the proposed 'fair use' exceptions, in relation to the certainty and flexibility each potentially provides. The report finds that there are benefits to introducing an open-ended 'fair use' system and that the biggest positive effect is flexible exceptions for education and orphan works.

Ernst & Young consulted with key stakeholders, including rights holder and user groups. Outcomes of the report will inform the further development and reform of Australia's copyright framework.