The final report of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy has been released.
The ALRC was asked to consider whether the current exceptions and statutory licences in the Copyright Act are adequate and appropriate in the digital era.
The Report contains 30 recommendations for reform. The key recommendation is for the introduction of a fair use exception to Australian copyright law.
Copyright infringement defences
The key recommendation is to replace the nearly 30 current prescriptive exceptions with “fair use” as a general defence to copyright infringement.
Because “fair use” is flexible, the Report notes […]