Recently, the Australian Law Reform Commission held an inquiry into Australian copyright law. Today they have issued their report and the big news out of it is that Australia should adopt a United States style fair use exception for copyright.
Currently Australia (like the United Kingdom and Canada) has fair dealing exceptions. These are a set of enumerated specific circumstances where the unauthorised use of a copyright work is not considered copyright infringement, for example, use for reporting news. The possibility that this could be changed to the much more open fair use approach is a big deal for Australian creatives. Certainly it’s a good thing for Australian fans in fandom, though professional Australian creatives will want to think about it.
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