Copyright Amendment (Disability and Other Measures) Bill 2017

We are pleased to report that the Government has today introduced the Copyright Amendment (Disability and Other Measures) Bill into Parliament. 

The Bill includes important amendments to implement the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled as well as amendments to streamline the educational statutory licences and library exceptions and to limit the duration of copyright in unpublished material. 

The Bill and explanatory material is available here  
Introduction of the Bill follows release of an exposure draft in December 2015.  The Australian Copyright Council’s  comments on the exposure draft are available here
We understand that the Department of Communications and the Arts will make submissions available here
There is broad support for the proposed amendments amongst copyright stakeholders.

As such, the Bill provides an important opportunity to restore goodwill following on from the divisiveness of the Productivity Commission’s pronouncements on IP Arrangements.  

The Australian Copyright Council will look at the Bill closely to ensure that there are no technical issues in the drafting.

Significantly, the controversial safe harbour amendments have been excluded from the Bill. 

We look forward to working with other stakeholders to address service provider liability for copyright infringing material on their networks and to finding practical solutions to address other outstanding copyright issues.