Fair use - cost benefit analysis

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The Australian Government has published a report 'Cost Benefit Analysis of Changes to the Copyright Act 1968'  produced by Ernst and Young.

The report reviews the implications of introducing 'fair use' exceptions to Australian copyright law.

The report looks at the economic costs and benefits of the current 'fair dealings' exceptions and the proposed 'fair use' exceptions, in relation to the certainty and flexibility each potentially provides.
 
The report finds that there are benefits to introducing an open-ended 'fair use' system and that the biggest positive effect is flexible exceptions for education and orphan works.
 
Ernst & Young consulted with key stakeholders, including rights holder and user groups.
 
Outcomes of the report will inform the further development and reform of Australia's copyright framework.
 
The report came out in December last year at the same time the Productivity Commission recommended the adoption of a flexible fair use exception in Australia which FAIR and ALIA supports.