[LINK] Australian Digital Alliance Media Release
Thu, 7 Sep 2000 14:49:33 +1100
Australian Digital Alliance
MEDIA RELEASE 7 September
YOUR COPYRIGHT FUTURE BEGINS ON 4 MARCH 2001
The Copyright Amendment (Digital Agenda) Act 2000 was signed into law by the
Governor-General on 4 September 2000. It commences 6 months after that day,
on 4 March 2001.
The new Digital Agenda Act is a major leap forward for Australian copyright.
It will provide much-needed legal infrastructure for our burgeoning
The Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) today congratulated all those who were
involved with the Act's long and sometimes difficult progress. 'We thank
members of the Government, the ALP and the Democrats, as well as their
staffers and numerous Government officers for their hard work and
intelligence in getting to this stage.' Said Mr Nick Smith, Executive
Officer of the Australian Digital Alliance.
The Act strikes a vital balance between the interests of copyright owners,
copyright communicators such as Internet Service Providers, and copyright
users such as schools, universities and libraries.
'We're heartened that this necessary balance between interests was so
clearly recognised by all three major groups in Parliament: the Government,
the ALP and the Democrats. This places a copyright regime which effectively
balances strong copyright rights with fair exceptions at the heart of
Australian public policy.' Said, Mr Tom Cochrane, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of
Queensland University of Technology and ADA Director.
'This legislation will provide a strong boost for Australia's economy. It
provides the certainty that our Internet Industries need to do their job. It
grants strong new rights and protections to copyright owners so they can
exploit their creations online. And it allow Australian students and
researchers to access the world's storehouse of knowledge for their own
education or for the benefit of Australian R&D. Everybody wins.' Said Mr
Steve Heptonstall, Chair of the Australian Digital Alliance.
The ADA is a coalition of public and private sector interests formed to
promote balanced copyright law and provide an effective voice for a public
interest perspective in the copyright debate. ADA members include schools,
universities, consumer groups, major cultural institutions, IT companies,
scientific and other research organisations, libraries and individuals.
Media Contact: Nick Smith, 02 6262 1273
Executive Officer :: Australian Digital Alliance
Copyright Advisor :: Australian Libraries Copyright Committee
PO Box E202 \\ Kingston ACT 2604
Ph: 02 6262 1273 \\ Fax: 02 6273 2545
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