Changing Copyright and the Digital Economy

- November 13, 2013 1 MIN READ

The fact that I have shared the above YouTube video on my Facebook page, according to Australian laws right now, could result in being charged over $90,000. If we went back and had a look at how many times I have broken part two of 132A of our Copyright Act 1968, then I would very likely be up shit creek without a paddle.

According to statements given to News.com.au by Attorney General, Senator George Brandis, The Australian Law Reform Commission is currently conducting an inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy.

He states “The Government will consider the recommendations of the final report when it is received later in November 2013” and that “No final decisions will be made until after consideration of the ALRC report and consultations with all stakeholders.”

At the moment the Australian Digital Alliance have started a campaign showing examples of how we breach the laws everyday in a bid to call on changes around Fair Use. It sounds like a simple fix, a small change of wording, but then there is the whole “we are doing it anyway so who cares, just bring it in line with the current digital culture” argument.

I don’t disagree at all with this, but as a content creator and buyer, part of me likes the fact that I have the option to stop a remix of video or audio content I am the original producer of from being used in a way that is offensive or seeks to degrade a person.

I am all for satire – but sometimes “creativity” can just be downright cruel.

In case you’re interested in some legal gibberish and want to find out how you’ve dodged some bullets, Section 132A of the Copyright Act 1968 is available to view via austlii.edu.au.

What are your thoughts?