Why are you running this campaign?
CHOICE believes that Australian copyright laws are failing consumers. Reasonable activities that many consumers are already engaging in are currently illegal. CHOICE wants a copyright system that rewards artists and creators, but still allows consumers some flexibility over things that they have bought or otherwise legally own.
What's wrong with Australia’s copyright system now?
Australia’s copyright system has failed to keep up with the times. New technologies, such as cloud computing, face legal challenges in Australia. Our country's rigid approach means that the law needs to be constantly amended to address issues as they arise. To date, Australian copyright law has been unable to adequately address existing technologies, let alone anticipate new ones.
What's Fair Use?
Fair Use provides a broad set of principles that will determine what is and is not illegal with regard to how people use copyrighted material. Instead of a list of specific exceptions, which is what Australia has now, Fair Use is based on ‘fairness factors’. These consider things like what is being used and how, and the impact the use has on the market for the material. Fair Use will specifically exclude any use that infringes copyright.
Is Fair Use bad for artists?
No, fair use is not bad for artists or creators. Fair Use protects copyright against infringement or other uses which may have a large impact on the market for the copyrighted material. America has a Fair Use system, and is one of the most prolific producers of copyrighted work from artists and creators in the world.
Tell me more about the copyright review.
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), an independent agency, is currently reviewing Australia’s copyright laws, looking at how they might need to be updated for the emerging digital economy.
In the first stage of the review, the ALRC received 295 submissions from a variety of stakeholders. After reading and processing the submissions, the ALRC issued a discussion paper in June, in which it laid out an argument for Fair Use in Australia. It is now taking more submissions in response to the discussion paper, before delivering its final report due in November this year. More information is available on their website. You can also read CHOICE’s submission.
How will pledging my support help?
Although the copyright review may support Fair Use, many vested interests are campaigning hard against it. We need to show that Australians support a flexible, forward-thinking copyright system.
What will happen to my personal details if I pledge my support?
CHOICE will contact you with information about this and other campaigns only if you opt-in to receive communications from us, or have already opted-in at a previous date. We will not share your email address with any other party.