YouTube and Facebook are protected from Australia’s copyright laws, since they already operate within the US safe harbours.
The government’s latest Copyright Amendment Bill is a step in the right direction, but it doesn't do enough to foster innovation.
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Digital and animal cultures pose a profound challenge to the law’s recognition of human uniqueness.
Fair dealing allows Australians to use copyrighted content for news and reporting.
When can you use someone else's copyright work without their permission? We explain 'fair dealing' and 'fair use' law in a handy guide.
Fixing electronics devices doesn’t need to be difficult.
Many companies are working to prevent customers from fixing broken smartphones and tractors. By doing so, they're missing out on an opportunity to build customer loyalty and boost profits.
Rule change should make it easier for more copyright works to be made available in Braille.
A proposed tweak to the copyright laws should make it easier to reversion protected works for people with disabilities.
Most of Prince’s work still remains private.
What happened after artists such as Michael Jackson, J.D. Salinger and Franz Kafka died suggests it'll be hard to keep Prince's unpublished work out of the public eye, regardless of his wishes.
Attorney General George Brandis did not have a clean slate for copyright reform.
Fixing copyright is essential for Malcolm Turnbull's 'ideas boom' to succeed, but you wouldn't know it given the slow and repetitive approach to copyright reform.
The copyright debate has brought back protesters of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy Occupy Movement.
Will they stand with the protestors worried about an erosion of freedoms or with the companies eager to protect their intellectual property?
Stop printing all over my patent.
Copyright law had to figure out how to deal with digital media. Now 3D printers – and their capacity for infringement – are poised to challenge the patent system in a similar way.
Any change that affects the web, affect people.
A treaty that allowed copyright owners to decide how and when their content was made available to the public has been interpreted too broadly by some.
How to deal with copyright when books are digitised.
Google has won again in its efforts to create a searchable digital library of books. But many author groups still believe the project infringes their copyright.
Amazon caused a stir when it unilaterally removed George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 from Kindle e-readers in 2009.
Enforcing copyright protection in the digital age has become complex. South Africa should tread carefully as it amends its copyright laws.
Australians who illegally downloaded Dallas Buyers Club could soon be receiving letters asking for payment.
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How much might Australians caught illegally downloading Dallas Buyers Club be charged for their indescretion?
Piracy might be theft, but it’s not the same as robbing someone of their material possessions.
Downloading copyrighted material without permission is illegal, but is it morally equivalent to stealing a DVD?
Game of Thrones has been the most pirated television show in history. Will season 5 be any different?
Australians are amongst the top pirates of movies and television worldwide, but that may change in time.
The Dallas Buyers Club ruling is a further attack on online privacy.
The Dallas Buyers Club court ruling has serious implications for online privacy.
Cultural icon, legal headache.
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