The Australian Government presented the Productivity Commission's final report on its Inquiry into Australia's Intellectual Property (IP) Arrangements to Parliament today. The report examines Australia's balance between promoting innovation and protecting intellectual property.

20 December 2016

The Australian Government presented the Productivity Commission's final report on its Inquiry into Australia's Intellectual Property (IP) Arrangements to Parliament today. The report examines Australia's balance between promoting innovation and protecting intellectual property.

The report makes a number of recommendations to reform Australia's intellectual property system including the following that relate to copyright:

  • make contracts that restrict use of copyright exceptions unenforceable (recommendation 5.1)
  • make clear that circumvention of geoblocking technology is not an infringement of copyright (recommendation 5.2)
  • repeal parallel importation restrictions on books (recommendation 5.3)
  • the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission should review the voluntary Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies (recommendation 5.4)
  • implement the Australian Law Reform Commission's recommendations regarding a fair use exception (recommendation 6.1)
  • implement the Australian Law Reform Commission's recommendations to the limit liability for use of 'orphan works' (recommendation 6.2)
  • expand safe harbour provisions to all online service providers (recommendation 19.1)
  • make changes to the Federal Circuit Count to improve access to enforcement (recommendation 19.2).

The Australian Government is currently considering its response to the report and is seeking further feedback.

The full media release is available from the Minister of Industry, Innovation and Science website.

The Department has also released Ernst & Young's Cost Benefit Analysis Report on the implementation of a 'fair use' exemption to Australian copyright law which is referenced in the Productivity Commission's final report.