Wednesday, August 22, 2012

ALRC seeks input into Copyright law reform

This week the Australian Law Reform Commission released the first consultation paper for the Inquiry about Copyright law—Copyright and the Digital Economy (ALRC IP 42, 2012). In their press release from 20 August 2012 they write:

"Under the Terms of Reference for this Inquiry, the ALRC is to consider whether exceptions and statutory licences in the Copyright Act 1968 are adequate and appropriate in the digital environment and whether further exceptions should be recommended. The Inquiry recognises the emerging digital economy and the need to ensure copyright law provides incentives for investment in innovation and content while also allowing appropriate access to that content so that Australia’s needs in the internet age are met, both domestically and internationally... The Issues Paper forms a basis for consultation and asks more than 50 questions relevant to how the current copyright framework is affecting both commercial and creative enterprise and how current exceptions and statutory licences are working in the digital environment. The Issues Paper provides background information, highlights the issues so far identified in research and consultations, and outlines the principles that will shape the ALRC’s proposals for reform. The ALRC invites individuals and organisations to make submissions in response to the questions contained in the Issues Paper, or to any of the background material and analysis provided.  This community input will help inform the development of draft recommendations for reform to be released in a Discussion Paper due in mid 2013."

The Issues Paper is available free of charge from the ALRC website. The ALRC prefers submissions via the ALRC online submission form: Written submissions can also be posted, faxed or emailed to the ALRC.

Postal address GPO Box 3708 Sydney NSW 2001.
Closing date for submissions is Friday 16 November 2012.
For more information about the ALRC inquiry or to subscribe to the Copyright Inquiry e-newsletter please go to
The Final Report is due to be delivered by 30 November 2013.

Further Reading
ALRC, ALRC seeks input into Copyright law reform (20 August 2012) <  > at 22 August 2012

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