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Australia’s Copyright Agency champions storytellers’ rights

Submitted by jboyd on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 08:57

In an article in The Australian newspaper, Copyright Agency CEO, Adam Suckling, stresses the need for policymakers to get the balance right, between promoting economic growth, setting the right incentives and making sure Australian storytellers can make a living.

He says leading international authors support the American Authors Guild’s case against Google’s mass digitisation of books. He also points to the real risks, highlighted in a recent PwC report, of introducing a broad American-style 'fair use’ copyright exception in Australia. Such a move will damage domestic creativity and to lead to $1.3b losses in national GDP. Noting the PwC report’s finding that these dangers particularly affect local writers he concludes “It is vital our storytellers are given the environment and freedom they need to create new stories”.
Click here for the full article in The Australian.