The Australian Law Reform Commission will be looking at new exceptions to copyright infringement for common internet-related activities. Following up on an earlier announcement, and an October 2011 address by the Attorney-General the draft terms of reference has now been released for public comment:
Amongst other things, the ALRC is to consider whether further exceptions should be provided to:
• facilitate legitimate use of copyright works to create and deliver new products and services of public benefit; and
• allow legitimate non-commercial use of copyright works for uses on the internet such as social networking.
The Commission review, which will be chaired by Professor Jill McKeough, Dean of Law at the University of Technology Sydney, is to report its findings by November 30th 2013. (See reports in Managing IP, Computerworld, and Delimiter).