We have released a consultation paper and are seeking your views on copyright reform.

19 March 2018

2018 marks 50 years since the passage of the Copyright Act 1968. Copyright continues to play an important role in Australian markets and communities but, over this time, new issues have emerged and been amplified by our increasingly digital world.

By using digital technology, we can now create, distribute and consume content faster and more easily than ever before. Our policies and laws need to keep up with these changes and continue to reflect the interests of copyright creators, users and distributors.

In recent years, the Copyright Law Review Committee (CLRC), Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) and the Productivity Commission (PC) have reviewed these issues in-depth and put forward a range of recommendations.

Informed by this analysis, we are reviewing the Copyright Act and are now consulting on three areas that may benefit from modernisation, which are:

-          Flexible exceptions

-          Contracting out of exceptions

-          Access to orphan works 

We are currently seeking views on the reform options put forward in our consultation paper and will undertake further consultation with key stakeholders in coming months.

Submissions are due by 4 June 2018 at 5.00 pm (AEST).

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