This report makes the economic case for flexible copyright exceptions and extended safe harbour provisions.
Copyright can strengthen the incentive to create by affording rights holders exclusive rights to exploit their work. This can bring into existence work that would not otherwise exist, generating economic benefits. A content owner’s exclusive rights are subject to limitations and exceptions.Excepting the Future makes the the economic case for flexible copyright exceptions and extended safe harbour provisions.
These mediate the respective rights of the myriad participants in the copyright eco-system, where intellectual property (IP) outputs are, to an increasing extent, developed from IP inputs, where creators are also users, users are creators and copyright material cannot be distributed digitally without copies being made.
A companion report, Exceptional Industries, reveals the economic contribution to Australia and other countries made by industries relying on such limitations and exceptions to copyright.
In Australia in 2010 this includes:
Contributing 14% of Australia’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP), or $182 billion;
Employing 21% of our paid workforce, almost 2.4 million people;
Paying wages and salaries of $116 billion.
This report was prepared for the Australian Digital Alliance by John Houghton and Nicholas Gruen, Lateral Economics.