The Australian Libraries Copyright Committee is the primary policy body for the discussion of copyright issues affecting libraries and archives in Australia.

Copyright for Australian libraries and archives


Welcome to the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) website. We are the primary policy body in Australia for the discussion of copyright issues affecting library, archive and information sectors. Find out more about our work in Advocacy, Training and developing Resources

What's current

ALCC Submission to the Senate Legislative Committee Inquiry on the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill

The ALCC welcomes the amendments proposed by the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 as an initial step in improving Australia’s safe harbour arrangements, but also maintains its support for the further extension of the copyright safe harbours to all online service providers, including commercial platforms.

Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017 factsheets

The majority of provisions in the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act 2017 came into force on Friday 22 December 2017. We have released a number of factsheets setting out the practical effects of the Act.

Copyright training

Our next copyright training sessions for librarians and archivists is set for Hobart on Friday 25 May 2018. Visit our Training page to find out more, or to check when courses are coming to your state or territory. Free for most library and archive professionals.

Copyright Regulations 2018

The ALCC has made a joint submission with the ADA to the Review of Copyright Regulations 1969. The Copyright Regulations are set to sunset in 2018, and so have to be renewed entirely. The significant changes in the exposure draft released by the government include simplifications to the Copyright Tribunal procedures; clarification of code requirements under the safe harbour scheme; and long overdue new exceptions to the ban on circumventing access-control TPMs. The ALCC/ADA submission focuses primarily on the TPM provisions, applauding the new exceptions for disability access, library use, students and researchers using fair dealing and schools working within the statutory licence or s200AB, but petitioning for an additional TPM exceptions for libraries and archives working under s200AB, and others using fair dealings.

Librarians Cook Their Way to Copyright Victory

Librarian and archivists all over the country are celebrating with cake as the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Act,/a> has passed through Parliament with unanimous support. This introduces important changes to the Copyright Act that will, among other things, fix our current problematic preservation exceptions, simplify copyright for schools, and introduce much needed new rights for Australians with a disability.

But most importantly for our library and archives community - it ends the outmoded concept of perpetual copyright in Australia, the focus of the Cooking for Copyright campaign which saw librarians engage in mass civil disobedience, and baking, two years ago. This means that Captain Cook’s diaries and Jane Austen’s letters will finally be freely available to all the world thanks to an important copyright bill that has been introduced to Parliament. Read more in our media release welcoming the new changes.

Australia's libraries and archives support fair use

The Australian Libraries Copyright Committee (ALCC) welcomes the recommendation of the Productivity Commission to adopt a flexible fair use exception in Australia. This, along with a number of other recommendations in their Intellectual Property Inquiry, will transform Australia’s copyright system into a world leader, respecting creators and ensuring they are protected, while also recognising the importance of access and flexibility for all of society.

The Productivity Commission handed Government the final report of its Inquiry on 23 September, and it was released to the public on 20 December 2016. The public is invited to respond to the report by 14 February, and the ALCC will be providing a submission. For more information, see our media release on the final report, or our response to the draft report.

News archive

Explore past news items. Or find more relevant news from the Australian Library and Information Association or the Australian Digital Alliance.

Copyright fact sheets

We've put together a range of fact sheets to help Australian librarians, archivists and related professionals navigate some of the more common interactions with copyright. Use the individual fact sheet that suits your needs, or download the lot as a single guide. Best of all, they are all under a Creative Commons Attribution licence, so feel free to download, adapt and share them around. All the fact sheets, along with other helpful copyright materials, are available on our Resources page.

Support our work

Associations and institutions are welcome to apply to become members of the ALCC. Contact us here.

For individuals, please register your email address so we can let you know when we need your support advocating for copyright reform.