Open Letter to the Australian Government on copyright

Whether it’s the painters of our urban and regional landscapes, the social observations of photographers, the political satire of cartoonists or the experimental installations of sculptors and media artists, Australian artists tell the story of our nation, our people and our time with insight and authenticity.

As artists creating some of Australia’s most important visual and media arts, craft and design imagery, we the undersigned unanimously reject the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on copyright in Australia.

The recommendations to relax copyright protections with the introduction of the US doctrine of ‘Fair Use’ and the extension of Safe Harbour provisions are straight out of the Big Tech playbook and will harm the ability of Australia’s home-grown artists to create art and make a living.

Australian artists have a right to receive fair payment for their work - work that tells the story of our country, our people and our community. The changes to Australian copyright laws being pushed by the Productivity Commission, large organisations and big technology companies will threaten our work and the work of future artists.

This is not just unfair, it is a threat to the creation of Australian art in all its forms and means it may be even harder to make a living for the next generation of artists. Australian kids should be able to grow up inspired by our art and our culture.

At a time when jurisdictions around the world are reviewing the impact of major technology companies on cultural production, we call on the Australian Government and parliament to rule out these proposed changes from the Productivity Commission.


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Jenelle Dellar (Artist, NSW)

Lisa Mansfield (Artist, Vic)

Kath Fries (Artist, NSW)

Nick Dorrer (Artist, Art Teacher, Vic)

Dr Josephine Telfer (Artist, Vic)
Jacoba Lowry (Artist, Qld)

Vikky Wilkes (Photographer, ACT)

Stephen Petek (Artist, Petek Jewellery, NSW)

Cindy Wider (Art Curriculum Designer, Qld)

Merryn Trevethan (Artist, Vic)
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Wendy Rix (Artist, Qld)

Donata Uncanin (Artist, Vic)

W'Shawn Gray (Artist, NSW)

Scott Denholm (Artist, Qld)

Millie Bartlett (Artist, NSW)

Merran Sierakowski (Curator, NT)

Lyn Crofts (NSW)

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Leonarda Kovacic (Artist, Academic, NSW)

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Lily Basdeo (Author, NSW)

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Mark Godfrey (Photographer, NSW)

Ian Braithwaite (Photographer, NSW)

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Kyle Coffee (Photographer, NSW)

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Yasmin Naghavi (Creative Industries Lawyer, Media Arts Lawyers, Vic)

Sue Nelson (Screenwriter, NSW)

Tracey Murphy (Artist, Arts Educator, ACT)

Tristan Chant (Arts Manager, NSW)
Sophie Byrne (Arts Manager, NSW)

Siobhan Skipworth (Illustrator, Qld)

Steve Younger (Artist, Designer, Craftsperson, Qld)

Carmen Payne (Designer, InkPink Design, Vic)

Christy Martin (Designer, Qld)

Lori Lay (Designer, Vic)
Richard Aylward (Arts Writer, Qld)

William Bradney (Musician, NSW)
Claire Harris (Curator, Flinders Lane Gallery, Vic)
John Swainston (Photographer, Writer, NSW)

Melinda Comerford (Arts, Photographer, Arts Educator, Australian Institute of Professional Photography, Qld)

Kevin O'Daly (Photographer, Arts Educator, Director Aspect Photographics Pty Ltd, Tas)

Lisa Christensen (Designer, Vic)

Marg Towt (Artist Designer, Photographer, Arts Manager, Arts Supporter, Vic)

Stephen Harrison (Artist, NSW)

Greta Brown (Qld)

Jules Ober (Photographer, Vic)

Rosemary Prider (Artist, SA)

Lorraine Abernethy (Artist, Arts Educator, NSW)
Krystal Gough (Designer, Qld)
K Jensen (Designer, Qld)

Polixeni Papapetrou (Artist, Vic)

Uri Auerbach (Artist, Photographer, NSW)
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Shags (Artist, ACT)

Kellie Higg (Photographer, SA)

Kylie Jones (Designer, Qld)

Dianne Smith (Artist, NSW)

Chelsea Hopkins-Allan (Artist, WA)

Carolyn Cardinet (Artist, Arts Educator, Vic)

Jemima Whitford (Artist, NSW)
Helen Pynor (Artist, NSW)
Shelley Chalmers (Photographer, Craftsperson, Designer, Artist, Qld)

Bessie Spatharos (Artist, NSW)

Katie Roberts (Artist, Arts Educator, Vic)

David Capra (Artist, NSW)

Criss Canning (Artist, Vic)

Linda Jeffrey (Photographer, Qld)

Guy Havell (Artist, Photographer, Qld)

Stephen Bennett (Arts Educator, Arts Writer, Photographer, Designer)

Steve Atkinson (Artist, Photographer, SA)
Rachel Tannett (Artist, Photographer)

Victoria Reid (Photographer, Qld)

Ian Cowdell (Photographer, WA)

Chris Linthorne (Arts Writer, Qld)

Open Letter to the Australian Government on copyright