The submission response by the Australian Digital Alliance and Australian Libraries Copyright Committee sent to the Australian Law Reform Commission regarding current Australian copyright law.
The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) and Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) welcome the opportunity to contribute to the discussion of how Australia’s copyright regime can best foster innovation and creative community participation in the digital economy.
The Australian Government has made a commitment to becoming a leading digital economy by 2020. Dr Ken Henry, in his speech ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ identified an Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) revolution in Australia that is changing the shape of the Australian economy. Today there are over 12 million Australians subscribed to the internet. Of these, almost half are using mobile wireless connections.
The internet has profoundly altered the delivery of government services, access to education and information, commercial innovation, social interaction and community engagement with culture over the past decade, and continues to evolve at a rapid pace. A dynamic, flexible copyright regime is important to Australia’s participation and investment in the digital economy. The Australian Law Reform Commission’s Inquiry into Copyright, querying whether existing copyright exceptions and limitations are adequate and appropriate in the digital environment, could not come at a better time.