THE much anticipated issues paper on the review of the Copy Right Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000 was released last week by Phillips Fox on behalf of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department. It was originally envisaged that CADA would substantially improve copyright protection for many important industries on the Internet.
An appropriate balance was to be maintained between the rights of copyright owners and the rights of copyright users.
The introduction of the right to communicate allows copyright owners the right to make their material available online and be paid for transmission of their works on the Internet.
An assertion of copyright infringement is now stren-gthened by this new right, subject to exceptions for fair dealing, libraries and educational institutions.
Indra Grohmann, solicitor
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