American lessons: Implementing fair use in Australia

Hunter, Dan (2014) American lessons: Implementing fair use in Australia. Australian Intellectual Property Journal, 24(4), pp. 192-201.

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Abstract

This article discusses the recent Australian Law Reform Commission report proposing a fair use defense to copyright infringement in Australia. It examines the experience of fair use cases in the United States and draws three lessons from the jurisprudential history. First, it suggests that decisions in fair use can only really be understood within a theoretical framework, and that unless we import that framework into Australia any fair use defense will not work as expected. Secondly, the article argues that the area where fair use jurisprudence appears to be most helpful, in dealing with “transformative” works, is actually much more limited than outsiders to the US would expect. And finally, it suggests that any implementation of a factor related to market substitution should take account of the gaming of the system that has gone on in the US.

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ID Code: 88607
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: copyright, fair use
ISSN: 1038-1635
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2015 05:29
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 05:29

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