As Australia waits on the High Court determination on the legal validity of the same-sex marriage postal plebicite, and tens of thousands of people have attended rallies across the country, ALIA Director Lyndall Ley Osborne has these words of support.
Freedom of Access to Information and Resources
We’re campaigning for a fair, open, democratic society where information can be accessed by everyone.
FAIR is lobbying on a number of issues which affect Australia's library and information sector including copyright law reform, cybersafety and the problems with internet filtering, digitising our nation’s history, encouraging children to read, evidence-based decisions in law, health and business, evidence-based policy making, learning at any age, qualified library staff in schools, supporting Australia's book industry and well funded public libraries.
The New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC), fulfilling their role as a bridge between the new generation of library professionals, have started the ball rolling on a very topical and important issue— the Same-Sex Marriage plebiscite.
By now you're in deep planning mode for your Cooking for Copyright morning or afternoon tea to be held on Monday, 31 July.
To help publicise your event, we have two useful resources:
Date for Diaries - Monday 31 July 2017
Have a celebratory morning or afternoon tea to celebrate the passing of the The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill.
We want you to celebrate these important copyright reforms because FAIR supporters and Members of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) efforts to lobby our politicians has led to real change.
FAIR and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) welcomes the introduction of important copyright reforms and is delighted that our supporters' efforts to lobby has led to real change.
The Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill was today passed in Parliament and it includes a number of important and overdue amendments that will dramatically free up how Australians can access and use copyright material.
Canberra, Wednesday 7 June, 2017: FAIR and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has been following developments and helping with a campaign to support Natalya Sharina, the former librarian of the Library of Ukranian Literature in Moscow.
Her case has been concluded and she has been convicted of extremism and embezzlement, in a case which she says is politically motivated.
Australia’s copyright law is hopelessly out of date.
Things that we all take for granted – forwarding emails; quoting; making and sharing memes; cloud storage – are often illegal in Australia. Fair use would fix this.
Right now the government is considering whether to introduce fair use. Let’s tell them – we need fair use now.
More than 2500 emails have already been sent - what are you waiting for?
FAIR is asking library and information professionals to support a campaign urging the release of librarian Natalya Sharina, who is currently under house arrest in Moscow.
FAIR and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) are in partnership with CILIP, the UK's Library and Information Association and Amnesty International - the organisations which coordinated this campaign.