New legislation introduced today will ensure our copyright laws are up to date and fit for purpose in the digital age.

15 December 2017

The original Copyright Regulations 1969 and Copyright Tribunal (Procedure) Regulations 1969 will be replaced by a new streamlined Copyright Regulations 2017.

These changes are the first to Australia’s copyright regulations since being first introduced in 1969, and now reflect the way people and organisations operate. Stakeholders were involved in extensive consultation on the amendments in September, which focus on incorporating:

  • Modern language
  • Red tape reduction
  • Simplified practices

The Government also introduced the Copyright Legislation Amendment (Technological Protection Measures) Regulations 2017. These regulations will revoke the 1969 regulations and also update some of the exceptions in the Copyright Regulations for the circumvention of technological protection measures in certain circumstances (known as TPM exceptions).

These regulations are the latest in the copyright space, with the successful passage of the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017 earlier this year to improve access for the disability, education, library and archive sectors. The majority of the provisions in this Amendment Act as well as the updated regulations will commence on 22 December 2017. The TPM exceptions will commence on 1 April 2018.

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