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Have your say about fairness and copyright

By Margaret Warren | 24 June 2013

Calling all creators and users of copyright material. The Australian Law Reform Commission wants to hear from you. On 5 June this year the ALRC released a Discussion Paper that is proposing significant changes to the Australian Copyright Act.

A key proposal is the introduction of a broad, flexible exception for fair use of copyright material (see Chapter 4 – The Case for Fair Use in Australia). This would allow people to use copyright material without getting permission from the rights holders, as long as the use is "fair".

SLQ will be working with other libraries to develop a formal submission to the Commission but there is also a great opportunity for anyone to have their say on the ALRC's online discussion board. The discussion board aims to obtain views on what people think is fair and not fair when it comes to using other people's content and copyright material, and for what purposes. They particularly want to hear from individuals who may not make a formal submission as part of the enquiry.

Comedian, writer and filmmaker Dan Ilic has kicked off the discussion and you can have your say until  Wednesday 24 July 2013 at

You can also read the complete Discussion Paper, listen to a short podcast by Commissioner Jill McKeough, or make a submission.

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