The Attorney-General has given a speech outlining what looks like a major effort to reform copyright law
Then ALRC has submitted its final report on Copyright and the Digital Economy amongst other things recommending a fair use defence.
Is an assignment of future copyright effective over copyright which the author subsequently creates but never owns?
The Full Court has upheld Insight SRC’s appeal that it was entitled to compensatory damages under s 115(2) of the Copyright Act. When ACER committed the infringements by reproducing the SOHQ, Dr Hart, the owner of the copyright, exploited it through his Insight company as an informal licensee or licensee at will. As is probably not uncommon with “family” companies, the terms of the licence were so unclear Besanko J.. Read More
Some 5 years after it went hunting, Tamawood has successfully sued Habitare (now with administrators and receivers and managers appointed) for infringing copyright in house plans. Copyright in some plans was infringed (Torrington v Duplex 1 & Duplex B); but not in others (Conondale / Dunkeld v Duplex 2 & Duplex A). One point of interest: Habitare commissioned Tamawood to develop plans for 2 new houses for it. These plans.. Read More
Last year, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down 5 decisions on the same day relating to fair dealing and other issues arising from digital transmission of copyright material. In a number of respects, its decisions are directly opposite to conclusions that have been reached by our High Court (one example – but it appeared to turn on different statutory language). In others, such as the ‘digital taxi’ theory, the.. Read More
Various members of Schapelle Corby‘s family, like most other people who take photographs, do own copyright in the photographs they have taken and Allen & Unwin, which published 5 of their photographs in The Sins of the Father, has to pay damages for the unauthorised use of those copyrights. Buchanan J awarded: between $500 and $5,000 compensatory damages pursuant to s 115(2) for each photograph; and $45,000 by way of additional damages.. Read More
The NSW Department of Education is looking for someone who: will lead negotiations on behalf of the TAFE sector in respect of statutory copyright collecting agencies Copyright Agency and Screenrights and other voluntary agreements as appropriate with other collecting societies. The Manager will also support the National Copyright Director to provide specialist copyright advice to the school and TAFE sector, and implement smart copying initiatives in Schools and TAFEs. If.. Read More
Big week for parallel imports last week: (1) the US Supreme Court declared US law applies a doctrine of international exhaustion for copyright material (2) Adobe, Apple and Microsoft fronted the Australian Parliament to explain why digital “things” cost so much more in Australia than elsewhere (i.e., the USA). Apple’s defence said, amongst other things, it was the price it had to pay to the owners of Australian copyright –.. Read More
The 1709 Blog has a report about the operation of the resale royalty right scheme (here or here) given by the (then) Minister for the Arts to the Senate. Some highlights: since the scheme started in 2011, CAL (the official collecting agency) has paid out just over $805,000 150 “rights holders” (I guess that would be painters or their heirs) have received the top 600 payments which totalled just under $300,000.. Read More