ALRC Copyright – Draft Terms of Reference

In Copyright, Law Reform on 1 April 2012 at 14:48

The draft terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform Commission’s forthcoming inquiry into copyright in the digital environment have been released. See announcement here:

In summary, it’s proposed that the ALRC look into whether extra exceptions are needed to:

  • “facilitate legitimate use of copyright works to create and deliver new products and services of public benefit; and
  • allow legitimate non-commercial use of copyright works for uses on the internet such as social networking.”

Send comments on the draft to Submissions to the Attorney-General’s Department via email at by 27 April (you can spend the previous day – World IP Day – writing them!)

  1. For analysis of the ALRC Terms of Reference and the international IP policy-making framework in which domestic IP law-making occurs, see: Stephanie McDonald (Techworld Australia), “Copyright in the digital age: Australia, ACTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement” )(19 April 2012)

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