Australia To Propose Copyright Reform That Includes Fair Use

from the good-move dept

Last year, we noted that Australia was beginning the process of copyright reform, and it appeared that the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) was asking the right kinds of questions. Among the major concerns that some commenters raised was the lack of fair use under Australian copyright law. When a similar process took place in the UK, it was decided not to try to add fair use to UK law. The entertainment industry argued, ridiculously, that fair use would lead to too much litigation.

Thankfully, it appears that Australia is willing to go that extra step. There was apparently a meeting held yesterday by the Australian Law Reform Commission, in which they revealed some of the proposed reforms, which were to be officially released in a paper at the end of May. We've heard from some people who attended that the information revealed in the meeting was supposed to be kept secret, but it appears that the Australian Law Library Association jumped the gun with some thankfully revealing tweets.
The key tweet is the one that reveals the ALRC will be recommending fair use be added Down Under. This is big and excellent news. Of course, now watch closely as the legacy entertainment industry throws a complete hissy fit about how awful fair use will be in Australia. Stay tuned...
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    out_of_the_blue, 12 Apr 2013 @ 6:26pm

    WILL "lead to too much litigation." Dead cert.

    Think we all can agree on that, except that Mike's fetish for lawyering may lead him to believe there's never "too much litigation".

    But at least for once Mike ends the week on a hopeful note.

    Dull week otherwise. Mike as usual "supporting copyright" by tearing at it from every angle with tenuous connection that he can conjure up, while ignoring HUGE events such as banksters looting Cyprus in their trial run for doing it everywhere. The Minions with even more trivial pieces. Usual ankle-biters yapping their heads off with cliches and lies for ad hom. Usual fanboys clicking to try and hide comments. -- All reasons why I delight in commenting here: such fit targets.

    Take a loopy tour of! You always end up same place!
    Techdirt. It's where the wrongness is.

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