APRA AMCOS optimistic following Government’s copyright reform announcement

Friday, 25 Aug 2017

Today the Government released its Response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements.

APRA AMCOS is pleased that the Government has chosen to ignore many of the Productivity Commission’s recommendations and taken a more measured approach in relation to a number of other issues.

APRA AMCOS Chief Executive Brett Cottle says “Today’s response from the Government reaffirms the importance of copyright in driving creative innovation and upholding the economic framework around which Australia’s creative industries are built.”

In particular, APRA AMCOS is heartened by the Government’s acknowledgement that it is mindful in this process of the position of rights holders and of the economic value generated by copyright material and that it is important copyright reform is considered in a holistic context rather than focused on individual issues. APRA AMCOS also welcomes the Government’s undertaking to work closely with stakeholders over the next 12 months to develop effective options for copyright reform.

The Government’s decision to further consult with stakeholders in relation to complex issues such as the proposed extension of the existing safe harbour scheme and the introduction of a fair use exception, rather than immediately introduce legislation in response to the Productivity Commission’s recommendations, is a sensible approach.

Whilst APRA AMCOS remains of the view that Australia’s existing Copyright Collecting Societies’ Code of Conduct, as administered by the Hon. Kevin Lindgren AM QC, is a robust and effective review mechanism in line with world’s best practice, we look forward to working with the Department of Communications and the Arts in its review of this aspect of our operations.

The Government has set a busy copyright reform agenda for the next 12 months and APRA AMCOS is excited to engage in the process and ensure that the outcome is a policy framework which respects the interests of music creators and other copyright owners and is fit for purpose in 2017 and beyond.

The Australian Government's Response to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Intellectual Property Arrangements can be viewed here.

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