The Franki Committee (1976 Report) and Statutory Licensing

Michael Kirby, Brian Fitzgerald, Adrian Sterling, Terry Cutler, Anne Fitzgerald, Lawrence Lessig, John Gilchrist

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    The Franki Committee reported in 1976 on a new technological means of disseminating information. It was tasked: To examine the question of the reprographic reproduction of works protected by copyright in Australia and to recommend any alterations to the Australian copyright law and any other measures it may consider necessary to effect a proper balance of interest between owners of copyright and users of copyright material in respect of reprographic reproduction. The term ‘reprographic reproduction’ includes any system or technique by which facsimile reproductions are made in any size or form. The Committee made over 30 recommendations for reform of the Copyright Act. I propose to concentrate on the two most significant ones. Both recommendations raise 21st century issues and illustrate the perennial problem in finding an equitable balance of interests in the law between owners of copyright and users of copyright material in response to technological change.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCopyright Future: Copyright Freedom: Marking the 40 Year Anniversary of the Commencement of Australia’s Copyright Act 1968
    EditorsBrian Fitzgerald, Benedict Atkinson
    Place of PublicationSydney
    PublisherSydney University Press
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Print)9781920899714
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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