Flexible Copyright Exceptions

Submission to the Copyright Modernisation Consultation

The ADA welcomes the Government’s goal of modernising the Copyright Act to ensure it is effective, efficient and sufficiently adaptable to cope with changes in economic conditions, technology, markets and the costs of innovating. The ADA strongly believes that the best and only way to do this is to introduce a fair use exception into Australian law.

ADA Submission on the Productivity Commission's Draft IP Report

The ADA in general supports the proposed findings and recommendations set out in the Commission's draft IP report. We believe that the recommendation that Australia should adopt an open ended fair use exception is the key recommendation of the draft report, and the most important step that can currently be taken to ensure an efficient, effective and adaptable copyright system in Australia. 

ALRC Inquiry into 'Copyright and the Digital Economy' Issues Paper


Joint Submission by the ADA and ALCC to the Australian Law Reform Commission's Issues Paper (IP 42) for its Inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy


Exceptional Industries and Excepting the Future

These two reports prepared by Lateral Economics for the ADA examine the economic impact of copyright laws on industry and innovation in Australia. Exceptional Industries examines the economic contribution to Australia of industries relying on limitations and exceptions to copyright, and Excepting the Future makes the the economic case for flexible copyright exceptions and extended safe harbour provisions. 

Attorney-General's review of technological protection measure exceptions

The joint submission from the ADA and ALCC on the Attorney General's review of technological pretection measure exceptions made under the Copyright Act 1968. 

Submissions to the review were due by Friday 17th August 2012, and will be available on the Attorney-General's website. Comments on submissions will be accepted by the Department until Friday 5th October, 2012. 

Draft terms of reference for the ALRC copyright inquiry

The joint submission from the ADA and ALCC on the Attorney General's draft terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission's inquiry into copyright and the digital economy. 

This year, the ALRC is undertaking a review of the copyright regime in Australia to determine whether the exceptions in the Copyright Act 1968 are appropriate in the digital environment. Submissions on the draft terms of reference were due by Friday 27th April 2012. 

Section 200AB Flexible Dealing Handbook Online

In 2008, the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee and the Australian Digital Alliance published a handbook on use of section 200AB, introduced into Australian law through the Copyright Amendment Act 2006 (Cth) with the aim of providing a 'flexible exception to enable copyright material to be used for certain socially beneficial purposes, while remaining consistent with Australia's obligations under international copyright treaties'.

In 2012, the ADA and ALCC will be looking to refresh the section 200AB handbook.

National Cultural Policy Discussion Paper

Joint submission by the ADA and ALCC to the Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet's National Cultural Policy discussion paper. The submission advocates for a balanced and flexible copyright regime to bring the arts and creative industries into the mainstream of Australian life.

Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0 Draft Report

Joint response by the ADA and ALCC to the Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0 Draft Report. It supports all of the recommendations made in the report, and commends the proactive approach taken by the Government 2.0 Taskforce. The submission makes additional supporting comments with respect to: open, accessible and reusable PSI and increasing access to the collections of cultural institutions.

Format shifting for private use

Submission to the Attorney-General's Department in response to Issues Paper "Copying Photographs and Films in a Different Format for Private Use".


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