Copyright Extension in Australia

The Motion Picture Association and APRA have commissioned a report from Allen Consulting into the effects of extending Australian copyright from life plus 50 years to life plus 70 years. This forms the MPA and APRA’s contribution to US-Australian free trade negotiations, currently underway. The report recommends that copyright terms should be extended. An extension of copyright would not be in Australia’s interest. Some would argue that it is not in anyone’s interest. Projects such as Project Gutenberg of Australia would be adversely affected by such an extension. Perhaps now is to time to write to your Member of Parliament, asking them to oppose any extension of copyright or patents, and shore up whatever resistance there is to an extension of IP in Australia

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