Open access to judgments : Creative Commons licences and the Australian courts
Fitzgerald, Anne M., Hooper, Neale, Foong, Cheryl, & Fitzgerald, Brian F. (2012) Open access to judgments : Creative Commons licences and the Australian courts. Murdoch University Law Review, 19(1), p. 1.
Internet technologies have fundamentally changed the way we obtain access to legal documents and information about the law. However, for judgments of courts and tribunals, copyright management and licensing practices have not kept pace with the digital and online technologies which are now ubiquitous in the web 2.0 era. Under the provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 and the licensing statements on the Australian courts’ websites, judgments may generally be read online, downloaded, reproduced and printed out for personal, non-commercial use or ”in house” use by an organisation. However, beyond these permitted acts, the extent to which judgments can be copied and distributed in digital form online remains unclear. Open content licences (in particular, the Creative Commons (CC) licences) offer an effective mechanism for managing copyright in judgments in a manner that supports their wide public dissemination and reuse while also protecting their integrity and accuracy.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||judgments , creative commons, courts, copyright, open content, licensing, open access, copyright policies , online|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Intellectual Property Law (180115)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Anne Fitzgerald, Neale Hooper, Cheryl Foong and Brian Fitzgerald|
|Copyright Statement:||Licensed by Anne Fitzgerald, Neale Hooper, Cheryl Foong and Brian Fitzgerald under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) 3.0 Australia licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/.|
|Deposited On:||03 Jan 2013 06:29|
|Last Modified:||15 Dec 2014 19:42|
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