ALCC submission in response to the draft report of the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property Inquiry

The ALCC is very supportive of the proposed recommendations set out in the Productivity Commission’s draft report into Australia’s IP Framework. In particular, we support the Commission’s recommendations that:

  • Australia should introduce an open ended fair use exception;
  • the copyright term for unpublished works should be aligned with that of published works;
  • Australian governments should adopt an open access policy for publicly funded research; and
  • the safe harbour scheme currently afforded to carriage service providers under the Copyright Act should be expanded to all online service providers.

However, we make minor recommendations on the draft report, including to elevate comments on orphan works and libraries to the level of recommendations.

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