Fair use (copyright)

Copyright and the Digital Economy: Submission by the Australian Digital Alliance and Australian Libraries Copyright Committee to the Australian Law Reform Commission, November 2012

The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) and Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) welcome the opportunity to contribute to the discussion of how Australia’s copyright regime can best foster innovation and creative community participation in the digital economy. 

Joint response to the Australian Law Reform Commission discussion paper relating to Copyright and the Digital Economy, July 2013

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Australian Law Librarians’ Association (ALLA) join with the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) and Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) in commending changes to the Copyright Act, which will introduce the concept of fair use and help ‘future-proof’ the law. We also support the Parliamentary Library’s submission advocating for the retention of a specific exception for parliamentary libraries.


ALCC submission to the Senate Committee reviewing the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017, February 2018

The Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) welcomes current changes to the Bill as an initial step in improving Australia's safe harbour arrangements, but encourage further amendments to ensure that all local online service providers have the same legal certainty. The amendments proposed will provide significant benefits to Australia's library and archive community.

ALIA submission in response to the Data Sharing and Release Legislative Reforms Discussion Paper, October 2019

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has been an active participant in the discussions around the proposed Data Sharing and Release Legislation, and we would like to commend the Office of the National Data Commissioner on the extent and depth of the consultation process. We understand that there is further work to be undertaken and welcome the opportunity to continue to be involved and to highlight the evolving role of library and information professionals, making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (the FAIR principles).

Support for the Productivity Commission's fair use recommendation

The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is a signatory on a letter to the Minister for Communications and the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield, expressing strong support for the Productivity Commission's recommendation that Australia should introduce a fair use exception into the Copyright Act 1968.
The letter is signed by 47 stakeholders who believe a fair use exception is a critical reform to ensure that the Australian economy is best placed for a strong digital future.

More copyright reform for libraries in 2019

Article by Jessica Coates, Australia Libraries Copyright Committee, from INCITE January/February 2019 Volume 40 Issue 1/2 - State of Australian Libraries.
2018 was a big year for copyright in Australia. It saw the start of several major changes that directly affect libraries, including improved provisions for providing access to people with a disability; simplified educational statutory licences; and a ‘fixed’ preservation exception.

Copyright​ ​Regulations​ ​2017​ ​Exposure​ ​Draft joint​ ​response​ ​from​ ​the​ ​ALCC​ ​and​ ​ADA

Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) and the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) joint submission on the Copyright Regulations 2017 responds to questions set out in the consultation paper and provides additional suggestions for small changes to the regulations. Issues raised relate to unpublished works, the safe harbour scheme, technological protection measures (TPM), fair dealings for students and researchers, regulations governing photocopier notices, and document delivery and interlibrary loan provisions.


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