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Intellectual Property, Internet, News - Friday, June 28, 2013 13:53 - 12 Comments
news Greens Senator and Communications Spokesperson Scott Ludlam has introduced a wide-ranging amendment bill to Australia’s copyright legislation which would see a range of “fair use” and “fair go” stipulations introduced, with the intention of delivering Australian consumers a fairer copyright situation than they currently enjoy.
In a media release issued yesterday, Ludlam said the Copyright Legislation Amendment (Fair Go for Fair Use) Bill 2013 would introduce four key reforms: Removing discrimination for the visually impaired, protecting Australia’s libraries, “digital innovators” and educational institutions, preventing Australians from paying higher prices for software, games and music, and adopting a US-style “fair use” model which would allow the law to respond to new technology not yet introduced.
“Australian copyright law is out of date, inflexible, unnecessarily complex, imbalanced and virtually blind to digital communication technology such as smartphones used by three out of four Australian adults,” Ludlam said. Continue…