Government releases its Response to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Intellectual Property Arrangements in Australia.
25 August 2017

The Government has released its Response to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Australia's Intellectual Property Arrangements.

The Response supports a number of the Commission's recommendations and acknowledges the importance of further consultation with stakeholders on future copyright reforms. These consultations will occur over the next 12 months.

This timeline diagram depicts the timing for copyright reform activities in the second half of 2017 and the first half of 2018.
Second half of 2017:
-Continue consideration of the copyright safe harbour scheme
-Remaking of the Copyright Regulations and Copyright Tribunal Procedure Regulations
-Review of the Copyright Collecting Societies' Code of Conduct
-Consultation with the Australian book industry to ensure the regulatory framework does not unnecessarily restrict competition in the industry.
First half of 2018:
Public consultation on options for reforming the Copyright Act in relation to: -flexible exceptions,
-use of orphan works,
-the extent to which licence terms prevent the exercise of copyright exceptions.

The Department's Bureau of Communications and Arts Research has also released a discussion paper for its review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies as recommended by the Productivity Commission.

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