Copyright Act to be amended with simpler, clearer rules

ON December 23, 2015, the Australian Government produced an Exposure Draft to amend the Copyright Act.

The bill seeks to streamline the educational statutory licence provisions to make it easier for educational institutions and copyright collecting societies to agree on licensing arrangements for the copying and communication of copyright material.

The text also aims to provide simple, clear rules for libraries, archives and key cultural institutions to make preservation copies of copyright material.

The bill is also meant to align the terms of protection for unpublished works with published works to give libraries, archives and other cultural institutions greater opportunities to use, and provide public access to, unpublished works.

Finally, it is meant to ensure that search engines, universities and libraries have 'safe harbour' protection if they comply with conditions aimed at reducing online copyright infringement.

The Department of Communications is asking for submissions from interested stakeholders.

Submissions close February 12, 2016.



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