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Williams calls for government to reject PC report recommendations

Copyright Agency chair Kim Williams has called on the government to reject the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on intellectual property reform in a speech at the Melbourne Press Club on 17 August.

Referring to the draft report’s recommendation to introduce a fair-use provision to the Copyright Act, Williams said ‘introducing a notoriously ambiguous copyright doctrine from the US will see large organisations that now pay for highly valued copyright content seek to pay nothing’.

‘The way forward is through sensible reform—where all the key players have a chance to make recommendations that get the balance right between the rights of writers and artists and those that use copyright material,’ said Williams.

To read the full speech, click here.

The Productivity Commission’s final report is due to be handed down in September.


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