Review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies
The Australian Government has responded to the Productivity Commission’s report on IP arrangements in Australia by announcing they will seek further consultation with key groups.
NAVA was concerned that the Productivity Commission’s recommendation for a contentious fair use exemption would be adopted. We welcome the Government’s commitment to consult with the sector and work with industries to reach solutions that ensure Australian artists are protected.
As part of the Government’s response, a review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies has been opened. The terms of reference for the review, discussion paper and a copy of the Code can be found at: www.communications.gov.au/codereview. Written submissions are due by Friday 29 September 2017.
Review of Copyright Regulations 1969 and the Copyright Tribunal (Procedure) Regulations 1969
The Government are also seeking views on an exposure draft of both the Copyright Regulations 2017 and the Copyright Legislation Amendment (Technological Protection Measures) Regulations 2017. The new legislation must be fit for purpose, reflect modern language and practises, and reduce red tape where possible. However some of the drafted regulations have significant implications, particularly in the area of enforcement:
- The infringement notice scheme;
- Code of conduct and takedown in relation to the safe harbour scheme; and
- Expansion of circumstances when a technological protection measure can be circumvented.
Details on the consultation can be found here: http://www.communications.gov.au/copyrightregulations. Written submissions are due by Friday 6 October 2017.
June 2017 - Call to Action on Copyright
At the end of June 2017, the federal government will be making a decision in response to recommendations from both the Australian Productivity Commission and the Australian Law Reform Commission.
NAVA believes that the entitlements, experience and opinions of creators were overridden in these two reports, and NAVA is very concerned that artists are in danger of losing their hard won rights. This could negatively impact on artists' incomes and protection of their professional reputation.
You are encouraged to sign your name to the open letter, email your local MP and join with writers, musicians and film makers to oppose the pressure from the big tech companies who want your content for free.
On June 15 the Government passed the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017. As part of this reform the Bill also amends the Copyright Act making certain exceptions for people with disabilities and for libraries and key cultural institutions to make copies of copyright material for preservation and archival purposes. NAVA welcomes this decision however the contentious decisions are still to come on copyright safe harbour provisions and whether to adopt a US-style 'fair use' system. Read our media release here.