Hi Liam, all EFA has been campaigning for the introduction of Fair Use since the terms of reference for this review (the first version of which did not include its consideration) were released and will be fighting hard to support this recommendation.
We'd be very happy to work with Wikimedia on a joint submission or at least sharing notes and ideas. We're also supporting this website which has just been released by the Australian Digital Alliance: http://www.faircopyright.com.au/. There are a number of other high profile consumer and industry groups that are supporting that website, and it may be something that Wikimedia AU wants to support as well. cheers jon *Jon Lawrence* Executive Officer Electronic Frontiers Australia, Inc. jlawre...@efa.org.au +61.414669787 www.efa.org.au Twitter: @efa_oz EFA relies on membership subscriptions and donations to continue fighting for digital freedom, access and privacy in Australia. Please support us by joining or donating today at: https://members.efa.org.au On 5 June 2013 23:44, Liam Wyatt <liamwy...@gmail.com> wrote: > Dear Aussie mailing lists, > I'm forwarding below the email from the Australian Law Reform Commission ( > ALRC) - Copyright Review. The announcement today is that after several > months of reading the initial submissions, they are now releasing their > discussion paper on what ideas they're thinking of reforming in the > Australian copyright system. > > I think it's EXTREMELY interesting that the ALRC is recommending that > Australia drop lots of specific exceptions that have built up over the > years and replace it with a broad, flexible, "fair use" principle that is > effectively parallel to what the US has. > > This would be a MAJOR shift in our copyright system, one that gave > SIGNIFICANTLY more flexibility and power for the end-users. I think you can > get an indication of how upsetting to the existing copyright industry this > change would be given they've *already* gone on record to say that "fair > use is unfair" http://au.artshub.com/au/newsprint.aspx?listingId=195592 > > I made a submission to the review at the round-1 stage, but since then > I've taken up a position in the Australian Public Service working for the > National Library (which would be directly affected by this policy change). > As such, it wouldn't be proper for me to personally be involved making > another submission. I can only say that the ALRC's recommendation WILL be > aggressively fought by the copyright industry. If the recommendations are > going to be adopted (which would be after the next federal election) there > would need to be an equally strong argument made of the *economic value* > that more flexible copyright exceptions would bring to Australia. These > changes wouldn't make a lot of difference to Wikimedia projects directly, > it's true, but Wikimedians are very well knowledgeable in the specific > flexibility that fair-use can bring compared to the current, much more > stringent exceptions we currently have such as "research and study", > "parody and satire" and the Statutory License for educational copying (part > VB). > > I would suggest that Wikimedia Australia solicit the views of its members > and local Wikimedians and, having come to a consensus, make its own > submission or, more simply, co-sign a submission from another like-minded > organisation. 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