mickey mousing the whole damned world – copyright in australia

Oh hey, while you were watching the debates, the US and Australia were entering into a free trade agreement. What does this mean for libraries? Australians suddenly need to shell out a whole bunch more money [generally to businesses and media companies] to use intellectual property that was previously in the public domain.

“Dr Rimmer described the changes as a victory for corporate America over Australia’s public interest, and contradicted the Intellectual Property Review Committee’s recent finding there was no evidence to support a copyright extension. He said Project Guttenberg Australia, an online respository of public domain works, was likely to be among the first to suffer.”