Creative Commons Australia Response to the Productivity Commission Draft Report Intellectual Property Arrangements

Stevens, Jessica & Suzor, Nicolas (2016) Creative Commons Australia Response to the Productivity Commission Draft Report Intellectual Property Arrangements.

Abstract

CCAU supports the primary conclusion of the Productivity Commission's Draft Report that ‘Australia's IP system is out of kilter favouring rights holders over users and does not align with how people use IP in the modern era’. Copyright exists to promote the production of new expression and ‘public interest’. Recent changes in international copyright law have tipped the balance too far in the direction of established producers and distributors. This poses significant risks to creativity, free expression and the flow of information, knowledge and culture.

CCAU aims to contribute to the discussion regarding copyright law and open access in Australia, with a focus on ensuring copyright achieves the optimal balance between providing protection and incentive for creators of work whilst encouraging innovation and competition through access to works.

The Draft Report makes important recommendations that, if implemented, would make critical improvements to ensuring that Australia’s copyright laws are fit for purpose in a digital age. Copyright reform is long overdue. The Draft Report builds on and supports recommendations detailed in a number of previous reports. To date, these recommendations have not been adequately implemented.

CCAU supports the draft recommendations, in particular those that relate to ensuring access to and use of content is not unnecessarily restricted and creation and innovation is encouraged; and Supporting open scholarship through the use of open access initiatives and open licensing.

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ID Code: 96012
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: copyright, fair use, open access, productivity commission, creative commons
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 > Division of Technology, Information and Library Services
Current > Research Centres > Digital Media Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 08 Jun 2016 22:20
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2016 22:57

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