Australia’s copyright law is hopelessly out of date. Things that we all take for granted – forwarding emails; quoting; making and sharing memes; cloud storage – are often illegal in Australia. Fair use would fix this.
Right now the government is considering whether to introduce fair use. Let’s tell them – we need fair use now.
The Australian government is currently considering its response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into intellectual property. One of the central recommendations of that inquiry, and something that we strongly pushed for in our own submission, was the introduction of fair use.
If Australia wants a world class education system, modern economy, flourishing cultural sector and laws that make sense then we need to tell the government to introduce fair use now.