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Copyright and the digital economy- what's next?

  • 27 Aug 2013
  • 18:00
  • Baker & McKenzie

A diverse range of views are held about what changes, if any, should be made to Australia’s copyright laws to address issues raised by the digital economy.  A range of issues were canvassed in the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) Discussion Paper "Copyright and the Digital Economy".  Submissions on the Discussion Paper close 31 July 2013.  The ALRC’s report and final recommendations are anticipated later in the year.

Issues debated include:

  • Should Australia introduce a fair use exemption?  Could a fair use exemption provide greater or less certainty about the use that could be made of digital content without the permission of the copyright owner?
  • Do laws need to be changed to clarify the level of copying permitted for private use (eg, in light of the TV Now decision)?
  • Is the current regime restricting innovation (eg, in cloud computing or digitisation of records)?
  • Are changes to law needed to align with different mediums for delivering content?

 

Patrick Fair, partner at Baker & McKenzie and Chair of the Internet Industry Association, will lead us through some of the key issues for the ALRC’s inquiry into copyright and the digital economy.  Patrick will:

  • outline possible reforms;
  • explore pros and cons with the reforms; and
  • discuss some of the implications the reforms could have for various industry players.

We will then move onto what we hope will be a lively discussion.


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