As if by magic, and no doubt having spied the 1709 Blog and IPKat's new 'fair use' poll (see the sidebar), the Australian copyright industry has responded to proposals by the Australian Law Reform Commission to introduce a new regime of fair use in Australia in the ALRC's June 2013 discussion paper.
Simon Bush, Chief Executive of The Australian Home Entertainment Distributor's Association (AHEDA) said a regime based on fair use would lead to an increase in piracy and require litigation to be defined, saying the change “would put pressure on copyright owners to litigate directly against consumers.” He continued: “We don’t want to be suing end users. It’s the very last thing we want to do and any policy proposal that says you need to litigate is flawed.”
adding "It's a solution looking for a problem that doesn't exist".
Back at the end of June, the Screen Production Association of Australia has warned about the proposed easing of copyright laws with SPAA’s executive director Matthew Deaner blasting recommendations by ALRC saying the reform body's “thinking is out of touch with commercial reality and shows no understanding of the issues facing our sector adding “These views, if left uncorrected, would undermine many legitimate sources of income.”
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