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Creative choices : changes to Australian copyright law and the future of the public domain

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posted on 2005-02-01, 00:00 authored by Christopher Moore
Changes to Australian copyright law introduced under the Australia–United States Free Trade Agreement will diminish the public domain, criminalise common copyright infringing practices and locally introduce significant portions of the controversial 1998 American Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This paper examines these imminent changes to Australian copyright law, with specific attention to the potential effects of the extended duration of copyright protection and the introduction of technological anti-circumvention measures. It argues that public domain-enhancing activities are crucial for sustaining cultural creativity and technological innovation, and discusses the potential role of the Creative Commons movement in establishing economically viable and legal alternatives to the current model of trade-oriented copyright reform.

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Journal

Media international Australia, incorporating culture and policy

Volume

114

Pagination

71 - 82

Publisher

University of Queensland

Location

Brisbane, Qld.

ISSN

1329-878X

eISSN

2200-467X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2005, Univesity of Queensland, School of English

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