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ALRC Copyright and the Digital Economy discussion paper released

On 5 June 2013, the Australian Law Reform Commission released a discussion paper for its Copyright and the Digital Economy inquiry. The closing date for submissions is 31 July 2013.

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has proposed: the introduction of a broad and flexible ‘fair use’ exception to copyright infringement and the repeal of existing ‘fair dealing’ exceptions; two options for amending the current provisions concerning the retransmission of broadcasts, both of which would extend to retransmission over the internet; the extension of the definition of ‘broadcast’ to include internet transmissions; and that agreements that contracting out of certain copyright exceptions will have no effect.

The discussion paper, totalling 388 pages, is available on the ARLC website. The paper contains 42 proposals to reform the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) and seeks input from stakeholders on nine specific questions. It summarises and discusses submissions that were received in response to the August 2012 issues paper…

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