Submission in response to the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property Arrangements Inquiry draft report

02 Aug 2016

Introducing a fair use exception, ending perpetual copyright for unpublished works, open access for publicly funded research and extending safe harbour are all worthwhile recommendations from the Productivity Commission.

The Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) made a submission to the Productivity Commission in response to their Intellectual Property Arrangements Inquiry draft report.

The ALCC is very supportive of the proposed recommendations set out in the Productivity Commission’s Intellectual Property Arrangements draft report. In particular, we support the Commission’s recommendations that:

  • Australia should introduce an open ended fair use exception
  • the copyright term for unpublished works should be aligned with that of published works
  • Australian governments should adopt an open access policy for publicly funded research
  • the safe harbour scheme currently afforded to carriage service providers under the Copyright Act should be expanded to all online service providers.

However, we make minor recommendations on the draft report, including to elevate comments on orphan works and libraries to the level of recommendations.

About the inquiry

On Thursday 18 August 2015 then Treasurer Joe Hockey and then Minister for Small Business Bruce Billson announced that the Productivity Commission would undertake an inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property arrangements.

Initial submissions closed on Monday 30 November 2015.

The issues paper

On Wednesday 7 October 2015 the Productivity Commission released an issues paper as part of the inquiry.

Submissions in response to the issues paper closed on Monday 30 November 2015.

The draft report

On Friday 29 April 2016 the Productivity Commission announced the release of a draft report as part of the inquiry.

Submission in response to the draft report closed on Friday 3 June 2016.

The final report

The Productivity Commission sent its final report to the Government on Friday 23 September 2016. It was released publicly on Tuesday 20 December 2016.

Download our submission

You can download our submission as a Portable Document File (PDF).

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