The Australian Library Copyright Committee (ALCC) is an advocate for copyright law reform in the interests of Australian libraries, archives and information providers.
We offer informed contributions to domestic and international copyright law and policy discussions and make submissions to government inquiries and we meet regularly with politicians and their advisers at Parliament House.
We also organise copyright education, including training and online information resources targeted at the library and archive sectors.
The ALCC and its members support a copyright framework that appropriately protects the interests of right holders while ensuring access to important cultural, educational and historic content for the public’s benefit.
Margaret Allen PSM, FALIA has been the CEO and State Librarian of the State Library of Western Australia since 2004. The State Library has responsibility to collect, preserve and make available Western Australia’s documentary history as well as a leadership role with WA’s network of 233 public libraries. The State Library’s Better Beginnings program is recognised as Australia’s most innovative and extensive family literacy program reaching more than 650,000 families since its inception.
Margaret’s professional achievements include Chair of the IFLA eLending Working Group, Chair of the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee, Board member of the Australian Digital Alliance, past President of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), member of the Public Lending Right Committee, member of the ALIA Book Industry and eLending Advisory Group, Secretary of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Public Libraries Section and member of the IFLA Governing Board (2015 – 2017). Margaret was awarded a Public Service Medal in 2018 for outstanding public services to the library sector.
The full time Copyright Law and Policy Adviser position is funded by the ALCC to represent the views of the Australian library sector to Government in the copyright reform process. It is also his/her responsibility to keep member organisations informed about changes and developments on the Australian copyright landscape, as well as relevant overseas occurrences.
The current occupant is Ben Rice. Ben is a lawyer with a background in copyright, public policy and government affairs. He comes to the ADA having worked for Policy Australia as a lawyer and Eloquium as a policy advisor. He has extensive experience conducting research, providing advice, writing submissions in response to government consultations, engaging with stakeholders and monitoring developments in intellectual property, digital technologies and media law. Ben holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is completing a Masters in Public Policy (Economics) at the University of Sydney
The ALCC also maintains a part time Copyright Officer position, currently held by Elliott Bledsoe. Elliott has more than 10 years experience working in the arts sector, and has held marketing and communications positions at a number of organisations including the Australia Council for the Arts, ABC RN at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Queensland Writers Centre.
He has a strong interest in copyright and creative practice and worked at the Creative Commons Australia project. He also runs Agentry, a marketing and communications micro-consultancy delivering tailored solutions for individual arts practitioners and small-to-medium arts organisations and groups.
The ALCC is separate from, but often works in partnership with the Australian Digital Alliance, the peak organisation representing the cross-sector interests of copyright users and innovators in Australia. Both ALCC staff members also work for the Australian Digital Alliance, with the ALCC Copyright Adviser acting as the ADA’s Executive Officer. The ALCC and the ADA contribute equally to these joint positions.
The ALCC also works closely with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and has strong connections with many other copyright-related organisations around the world.
Creative Commons is an international non-profit organisation that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally. Releasing material under a CC licence makes it clear to users what they can or cannot do with the material. The six standardised CC licences each allow material to be used in a different way.
The ALCC is a member of the Creative Commons Global Network and works regularly with Creative Commons Australia.
Associations and institutions are welcome to apply to become members of the ALCC.
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