by Content Cafe — 24 November 2022
The Attorney-General’s Department today announced a review of Australia’s copyright laws, signalling a commitment to Australia’s creative industry and in protecting the revenues which are vital for maintaining a thriving screen industry.
In December, the Department will release an issues paper calling for public consultation as the first stage of a review into whether Australia’s current copyright enforcement regime is fit-for-purpose.
The department acknowledge that “Australia’s creative industry needs an effective copyright system that keeps pace with new technology and protects creators”
The review will consider whether the copyright enforcement mechanisms in our laws remain appropriate, effective and proportionate.
Graham Burke AO, the Chairman of anti-piracy organisation Creative Content Australia has welcomed the Government’s upcoming review:
“A fifth of Australians are watching pirated films and TV shows, draining our industry of hard-won revenues and putting the online safety of Australians at risk. Strong enforcement and legislation are critical to disrupt piracy but the laws must continue to adapt as technology and consumer behaviour evolves. We are pleased to see the Attorney General’s commitment to an effective copyright system.”
The public consultation process will be open for 12 weeks commencing with the release of the issues paper in December 2022.
FURTHER READING: Piracy must be addressed in cybercrime crackdown, Creative Content Australia, 23 November 2022