Copyright and Digital Economy submission

Date posted: 03 September 2012

The Australian Law Reform Commission seeks submissions from a broad cross-section of the community, as well as from those with a special interest in a particular inquiry.

The Copyright and Digital Economy Issues paper is available from
http://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/copyright-ip42

The Australian School Library Association will be preparing a submission to target the questions relevant to educational institutions (see below). We are seeking your input and encourage you to send in your response to the four questions.
 
So that we can collate the responses, can you please post your response or email your response to the Executive Officer, Karen Bonanno at asla@asla.org.au on or before 19 October 2012.

As the outcome of the final report will have an impact on your workplace it is important that the profession is represented.

Educational Institutions

Question 28. Is the statutory licensing scheme concerning the copying and communication of broadcasts by educational and other institutions in pt VA of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) adequate and appropriate in the digital environment? If not, how should it be changed? For example, should the use of copyright material by educational institutions be more freely permitted in the digital environment?

Question 29. Is the statutory licensing scheme concerning the reproduction and communication of works and periodical articles by educational and other institutions in pt VB of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) adequate and appropriate in the digital environment? If not, how should it be changed?

Question 30. Should any uses of copyright material now covered by the statutory licensing schemes in pts VA and VB of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) be instead covered by a free-use exception? For example, should a wider range of uses of internet material by educational institutions be covered by a free-use exception? Alternatively, should these schemes be extended, so that educational institutions pay licence fees for a wider range of uses of copyright material?

Question 31. Should the exceptions in the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) concerning use of copyright material by educational institutions, including the statutory licensing schemes in pts VA and VB and the free-use exception in s 200AB, be otherwise amended in response to the digital environment, and if so, how?

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