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House of Cards and geographical segmentation tend to get people a little hot under the collar. House of Cards and geographical segmentation tend to get people a little hot under the collar. Foxtel

Harper’s competition review is good news for Netflix consumers

It’s been an interesting month in Australian copyright law. A couple of weeks ago, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the government’s proposed reforms to strengthen copyright were…
The advent of digital music caused a few headaches, but digital copyright issues go back further than that. The advent of digital music caused a few headaches, but digital copyright issues go back further than that. ~lauren/Flickr

Digital copyright protection – some success, but mostly failure

There’s been a bit of talk recently about getting internet service providers (ISPs) involved in the enforcement of copyright law. The federal Attorney-General and Minister for Communications recently released…
No make up on me! No make up on me! Wikimedia

So who does own the copyright on a monkey selfie?

Whilst visiting a national park in North Sulawesi wildlife photographer David Slater had his camera stolen – not by a thief, but by an inquisitive crested black macaque. The resulting selfies are causing…
Making ISPs liable for the actions of their users almost certainly won’t help artists. Making ISPs liable for the actions of their users almost certainly won’t help artists. AAP/Joe Castro

Why Australians should back Turnbull in the stoush over copyright

Attorney-General George Brandis is at loggerheads with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull over proposed reforms to the Copyright Act. Brandis wants ISPs to take more responsibility for copyright…
American internet sensation Michelle Phan is being sued for copyright. American internet sensation Michelle Phan is being sued for copyright. AAP Image/Lancome/Michelle Phan Images

Who really suffers in Michelle Phan’s YouTube copyright case?

The latest case of a popular YouTube blogger being sued for using music by other artists in her videos without permission raises the question of who really benefits from the re-use of music. In a claim…
Get ready to comment once Attorney-General George Brandis officially releases the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper. Get ready to comment once Attorney-General George Brandis officially releases the Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper. AAP/ Alan Porritt

Brandis' leaked anti-piracy proposal is unrealistic

The Australian Government has proposed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) monitor and punish Australians who download and infringe copyright. In a discussion paper circulated by Attorney-General George…
Fair use helps distinguish “piracy” from what ordinary consumers and creators do all the time. Fair use helps distinguish “piracy” from what ordinary consumers and creators do all the time. funkandjazz

The only way to fix copyright is to make it fair

Everyone knows there’s a problem with copyright. Artists get paid very little for their work, and legitimate consumers aren’t getting a very fair deal either. Unfortunately, nobody agrees about how we…
There are doubts provisions will benefit copyright holders. There are doubts provisions will benefit copyright holders. AAP/Lukas Coch

Trade pact would make internet services more expensive

Last week Michael Froman, a US trade representative, took his son touring around the Paramount lot in Hollywood to visit a sound mixing stage, watch a movie and pose for happy snaps with company executives…
Copyright is changing. Some are yet to catch on. Copyright is changing. Some are yet to catch on. eddiedangerous

MPs have missed the mark in attacking copyright reform

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee set out some fairly strong views last week about how its members think the UK should approach copyright reform. I have an interest to declare in…
If someone sold it, and you can hold it, you can pass it on. If someone sold it, and you can hold it, you can pass it on. Michael D. Dunn

Selling MP3s? You should have stuck with CDs

What’s the difference between selling a secondhand music CD and transferring ownership of the same songs bought from iTunes? Not much, you’d think - except one’s illegal, according to a New York court…
What does 3D printing mean for Australian copyright law? What does 3D printing mean for Australian copyright law? Wikipedia Commons

Creation and copyright law: the case of 3D printing

The Australian Law Reform Commission is conducting an inquiry into copyright law and the digital economy in 2012 and 2013.The President, Rosalind Croucher, stated: “While the Copyright Act has been amended…

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