Inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy PDF Print E-mail

Submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission

Prepared by Nathan Shepherd
December 7, 2012

The MCA responded to a discussion paper with a set of questions about exceptions to the Copyright act posed by the Commission. The MCA submits that the current exceptions to copyright and statutory licences in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Copyright Act) are generally adequate and appropriate in the digital environment.

The MCA considers that the exceptions do not need to be expanded to cover new online and digital uses of copyright works and other subject matter (material).  If the ALRC considers otherwise, then the MCA strongly encourages the ALRC to consider and adopt mechanisms which enable authors and other owners of copyright material to receive equitable remuneration for such related use.  Any expansion of exceptions to copyright infringement without corresponding mechanisms to enable equitable remuneration for authors and owners of copyright risks undermining the various business models that have been developed, and will be developed in the future, in connection with the online and digital use of such material.

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