[LINK] Directions in copyright reform in Australia

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Sat Nov 5 12:55:41 AEDT 2011

On 04/11/11 15:49, stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
> Directions in Copyright Reform in Australia ...

Stuart Corner wrote about "Ericsson calls for consumer-friendly, 
market-promoting copyright reform" (iTWire, 3 November 2011 13:30): 

Ericsson's "Guiding Principles to Copyright Enforcement in a Networked 
Society" by RENE SUMMER, Ericsson Group and Dr Nicolas Suzor,
Queensland University of Technology is at: 

Here is an excerpt:

"A one sided approach which enforces copyright at the expense of all 
other stakeholders and the digital competitiveness of nations is not the 
cure for the problem nor a treatment of the symptoms. Economic history 
has already taught us well that a monocausal explanation of complex 
processes and hence one-sided solutions will not work. ..."

QUT have been very active in the copyright issue, with Professor Anne 
Fitzgerald, Neale Hooper and Cheryl Foong running a Creative Commons 
seminar at the National Library of Australia on Friday: 

One curious aspect of government copyright is the "Australian 
Governments Open Access and Licensing Framework" (AusGOAL): 

AusGOAL appears to be recommending the use of the Creative Commons 
Australian license for government as the preferred option. But it is not 
clear who, or what, AusGOAL is (their domain name is registered to the 
Queensland Department of Public Works). Also I could not get their 
License Chooser to work. I got as far as "About the Licensing Review" 
and then got stuck: http://www.ausgoal.gov.au/licence-chooser

Highlight of the CC seminar was Anthony Baxter from Google Crisis 
Response. He described the emergency systems Google had built with 
government and community. He explained how open source licenses made 
this easier: 

Tom Worthington FACS CP, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
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