Creatives angst over Productivity Commission’s copyright changes




By Jackie Keast

Organisations from across Australia’s creative and content industries have urged the government not to adopt the Productivity Commission’s proposed changes to copyright law.

In a joint statement, The Copyright Agency, APRA AMCOS, Screenrights, the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Recording Industry Association, FreeTV Australia, News Corp, Foxtel, Australian Screen Association, Screen Producers Australia and the Australian Publishers Association described the Commssion’s recommendations on copyright, as laid out in its recent intellectual property report, as “based on faulty premises and misunderstandings.”

The commission’s report was handed down last December, the result of a 12-month inquiry. It argued that Australia’s current IP arrangements “fall short in many ways” and that various improvements are required. One of those areas was copyright protection, the scope of which the Commission argued was presently too broad.


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This story first appeared in Inside Film.

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