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Copyright Agency confirms fund for advocacy, legal cases

The Copyright Agency has confirmed it has amassed a fund to help to support advocacy and run legal cases in the event of changes to copyright law, reports Fairfax.

Fairfax reports that the fund has amassed $15m since 2013, with the money collected from schools and universities for the use of ‘orphan works’ whose owners can’t be traced.

The Copyright Agency told Fairfax it plans to cap the future fund at $15m and to resume distributing money collected for orphan works to its members.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the Productivity Commission’s final report into Intellectual Property Arrangements recommended that the government adopt a US-style ‘fair use’ exception in the Copyright Act.


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