Copyright reform finally coming

Over a year after an announcement the government has a proposal

In August 2020 Comms Minister Paul Fletcher announced copyright reform, which could make it easier for schools and universities easier to access content (CMM August 15 2021). But it took a while for a proposal on how to do it to arrive. Mr Fletcher only released a consultation draft on December 21 last.

“A key issue is how to introduce more flexibility in the act to allow clear and reasonable access to content in the public interest in an increasingly digital world, while maintaining appropriate safeguards to protect copyright owners’ commercial interests,” the paper states.

Anybody interested should not follow the government’s lead and take their time – responses are due on February 11.