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September 30, 2016

Marrakesh provides even greater access for visually impaired

The Copyright Agency welcomes the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works to Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities, which comes into effect today. CEO Adam Suckling says, “This is a really positive step for people with visual impairment and Australia’s early ratification of the Treaty in December 2015, shows this country’s […]

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October 7, 2015

UN initiative will transform the lives of millions of readers

It’s a sad fact that over 93% of books in the world are not published in accessible formats for blind, visually impaired or print disabled readers. In June 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) adopted the Marrakesh Treaty to help solve this book famine which has become a human rights issue. Australia has signed […]

September 14, 2015

Our culture will pay for loss of rights, says Turow

American best-selling author and former President of the US Authors’ Guild, Scott Turow, addressed the Australian Society of Authors’ Congress recently. He urged authors to stand united to retain their rights and for readers to back them through buying their books. Read this edited version of his engaging and informative speech, which was published in […]

July 18, 2014

Resale Royalty Gains Momentum in US

18 July 2014: US artists in the US have been successful in getting a Bill introduced into Congress for an artists’ resale royalty scheme. Australia is one of about 50 countries to have an artists’ resale royalty scheme, whereby a small proportion of the sale price is paid to the artist each time an artwork […]

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July 18, 2014

Copyright Amendments in Hong Kong

18 July 2014: Amendments to Hong Kong’s copyright legislation were introduced on 18 June 2014. The amendments include: a new exclusive right to communicate their works through any mode of electronic transmission new exceptions for: parody, satire, caricature and pastiche; commenting on current events; quotation; temporary reproduction by Online Service Providers (OSPs); media shifting of […]

April 26, 2013

UK Copyright Reforms get Royal Assent

On 26 April, the UK Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act received given Royal Assent, and came into law. The Act includes a number of key changes to UK copyright law. The copyright reforms in the Act relate to: licensing of ‘orphan works’ extended collective licensing regulation of copyright collecting societies The first two issues are […]

April 25, 2013

US Congress to Review Copyright Law

On 24 April, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee announced a comprehensive review of US copyright law. In his announcement of the review the Chairman referred to the recent testimony to the Committee of the Register of Copyright, Maria Pallante (see blogpost here). The Committee will: …hold a comprehensive series of hearings on U.S. […]

April 11, 2013

US Supreme Court Decision on Importation of Books

The decision of the US Supreme Court on 19 March 2013 in Kirtsaeng v Wiley has sparked divided responses. The decision allows importation into the US of books produced legitimately in other countries. See overview of decision, and comparison to position in Australia, here. Comments from publishers: Association of American Publishers Association (AAP) statement on […]

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