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Copyright Agency, industry groups launch new campaign against fair use

The Copyright Agency and industry groups including the Australian Publishers Association, Australian Society of Authors and Books Create Australia have launched #FreeIsNotFair, a new campaign against the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to introduce a fair use exemption into Australia’s copyright law.

Authors Anna Funder, Michael Robotham and Hazel Edwards feature on the campaign website, which encourages people to write to MPs and Senators to voice their concern about the Productivity Commission’s recommendation.

The campaign is also a response to a campaign launched by Wikipedia in May in support of fair use. Electronic Frontiers Australia and lobby group the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) have also launched a campaign in support of fair use.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, in April the Copyright Agency confirmed it had amassed a $15m fund to help to support advocacy and run legal cases in the event of changes to copyright law.

 

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