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Copyright reform agenda

The Commonwealth Attorney General’s opening address to the Blue Skies conference is here. Some excerpts: International reforms: While recognising that the challenges of the digital era are a global, not just national, issue, the Attorney General identified access to cultural works by the visually impaired as an area for early action: An example of one area in which I am particularly keen to see a result this year in the international arena is.. Read More

Copyright Agenda

The Attorney General opened the Copyright Futures conference in Canberra yesterday. As part of his speech he mentioned that last week he held a roundtable forum with ‘about 30 of the key representative groups’. Wonder what that was about? According to the Attorney-General, some of the emerging themes were: whether the Government would benefit from an independent source of advice in addition to my Department, especially for technology and competition issues  access to.. Read More

Australian on top

On 22 September, Dr Francis Gurry’s election as the next Director General of WIPO was unanimously confirmed by the General Assembly.  His term starts on 1 October.  His appointment runs until 2014. WIPO Press Release here.  Dr Gurry’s acceptance speech and his plans here. Congratulations, Dr Gurry! Brazil apparently took the opportunity to point out that one of the challenges lying ahead is centralising control over enforcement issues.  For this and a summary of.. Read More