Australian Law Reform Commission recommends copyright revolution

The final report prepared by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) on its review of the Copyright Act recommends changes that, if adopted by the government, would revolutionise Australian copyright law.

The ALRC report was made public on 13 February 2014, when it was tabled in parliament. The report recommended major changes to the act, including: replacing ‘fair dealing’ with a ‘fair use’ exception to copyright infringement; if fair use is not introduced, consolidating the existing ‘fair dealing’ exceptions; and more stringent limits on the extent to which parties may contract out of exceptions to copyright infringement.

The introduction of a fair-use exception would completely transform Australian copyright law, bringing it into line with the laws in other more technology-focused countries…

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