What’s Happening

Australian writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers and other creators have a right to receive fair payment for their work.

Changes to Australian copyright laws being pushed by the Productivity Commission, large organisations and big technology companies will greatly diminish these protections.

These changes will make it easier for large organisations to use Australian content without fair payment to creators. This is not just unfair, it is a threat to the future of Australian stories and means it will be even harder to make a living for the next generation of artists and creators.

Our kids should be able to grow up inspired by musicians like Jessica Mauboy and Jimmy Barnes, artists like Tracey Moffatt and Brett Whiteley, movies like Mad Max and Lion, TV shows like Home and Away and Offspring, stories in our bookshops like Possum Magic and Diary of a Wombat and learning from Australian materials like Mathletics and Reading Eggs.

That’s why creator member organisations across the visual arts, literature, music and publishing are united in their opposition to the changes. That’s why leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, musicians, performers, filmmakers and writers oppose the changes. That’s why Australia’s leading playwrights and screenwriters oppose the changes.

Call on the Australian Government and the Parliament to rule out these changes proposed by the Productivity Commission.

The American System

'Fair use' is an American legal principle that has enabled large enterprises in the US to use copyright material for free.

Importing the American system here would remove the simple and fair rules that we have at present, and create a system where big corporations can claim their actions are a ‘fair use’ of copyright content, and refuse to pay creators for it. PwC has estimated that introducing ‘fair use’ in Australia could result in a loss of GDP of more than $1 billion.

There will be less Australian music and screen content, less Australian stories in our bookshops, less Australian materials in our schools and universities. Free is not fair.

Anne Zahalka

The Australian System

If you are a journalist, comedian, library, reviewer, or person with a disability you receive exemptions from the ask-and-pay system.

Australian copyright laws have been developed and updated regularly. No copyright system is perfect but Australia’s is one of the world’s most admired. Not only do our copyright laws provide certainty and incentives for creators to create, many digital businesses in Australia have thrived because we have effective copyright and intellectual property arrangements.

As well as this, people who work in education can copy content for their 4.7 million school and university students, under a centrally negotiated system where universities and schools pay less than the price of a book per student per year. This money goes to the content creators, without placing an administrative burden on teachers – a win-win situation.

WHY TAKE ACTION?

Because 'Fair Use' would mean more litigation and less money for creators and Australian stories.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Here you can write in some copy. This can be added on the online version.