AIIA's submission to the Australian Law Reform Commission in response to the changes needing to be made to the current copyright laws in Australia.
AIIA welcomes this opportunity to provide input to the issues paper on copyright and the digital economy. The terms of reference note the need for copyright regimes to provide incentives to create and disseminate original materials and to allow innovation and collaboration for new products and services of public benefit, in the digital economy.
This recognition is most welcome, as Australia moves towards productivity increases and greater efficiencies in sectors such as health, education and government service delivery, on the back of a national high speed broadband facility and internet applications. The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is the peak national body representing suppliers and providers of a wide range of information technology and communications (ICT) products and services.
Its membership comprises approximately 400 of the top international corporations as well as small to medium enterprises currently supplying innovative online applications in the health, education, financial, mining and retail sectors. AIIA members fully support the development of flexible regulatory and legislative frameworks in Australia. More than any other sector, the digital sector requires flexible copyright exceptions to thrive. The current lack of flexibility in Australian copyright law is hindering innovation in the digital economy.