(13 February 2014, modified 14 February 2014) The Australian Law Reform Commission, 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, tabled on 13 February 2014, is the result of an 18 month Inquiry during which the ALRC produced two consultation documents, undertook 109 consultations and received 870 submissions.
The Report contains 30 recommendations for reform. The key recommendation is for the introduction of a fair use exception to Australian copyright law.
Chapter 12 is devoted to libraries and archives.
A smaller Summary Report is also available.
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