Copyright and the Digital Economy update

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The Australian Law Reform Commission have announced that their next discussion paper will be published on Tuesday 4 June followed by another round of submissions. This follows the first Issues paper put out last year.

According to their recent email update:

This month the Copyright team is busy writing, preparing to release a Discussion Paper (DP)—the second consultation document for the Inquiry. We expect to have the full DP up on the ALRC website by Tuesday 4 June, including the e-book format.

The DP will offer some preliminary options for reform, including a range of alternatives. We will again call for submissions to build upon the evidence base established so far to inform the final stage of deliberations prior to the final Report. Stakeholders will have eight weeks to make submissions responding to the questions and proposals in the DP. The closing date for submissions will be Friday July 26.

Meanwhile, an Advisory Committee meeting took place on 11 April, and since then the team has held two roundtable consultations—with the galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) sector and with content owners. A third roundtable with creators will take place in coming weeks, and a further round of consultations will begin after the release of the Discussion Paper.

The ALRC received 270+ submissions in response to the Issues Paper released in August 2012. The Grey Literature Strategies made a submission generally supporting the views put forward by the Australian Digital Alliance, the National Library of Australia and other organisations arguing in favour or more flexible copyright provisions and the adoption of 'fair use' style legislation. Our aim is to have legislation that is better able to deal with the proliferation of free online content, especially grey literature, and enable collecting organisations to more effectively collect and preserve this content for future generations. 

For more information see the Copyright review section on the ALRC website