ALRC proposes “fair use” exception to copyright infringement

On 5 June 2013, the Australian Law Reform Commission released a Discussion Paper for its Copyright and the Digital Economy inquiry. Amongst other things, the ALRC has proposed the introduction of a US-style “fair use” exception to copyright infringement. If enacted, the proposals would have a broad ranging effect on copyright law and practice in Australia.

IP Whiteboard’s Anna Spies and Maurice Gonsalves have prepared an alert on the ALRC’s Discussion Paper and its implications here.

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James RussellJames is a parochial Melbournian solicitor who loves a good stoush over IP. Particularly interested in copyright law and the protection of content on the Internet, James is also skilled in online marketing speak, and will explain a metatag or the Gestalt effect to anyone game enough to listen. In his spare time, James will either be surviving another deplorable display by the Demons, or will be filling up his freezer with fruits of the sea, caught with the aid of a rod, spear or tank.View all posts by James Russell