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Government will consider Crown copyright ownership recommendations.

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Minister for Justice and Customs

Manager of Government Business in the Senate Senator for Western Australia

E051/05 15 April 2005

Government will consider Crown copyright ownership recommendations

The Australian Government will consider closely the recommendations made by the Copyright Law Review Committee in its report on the issue of Crown ownership of copyright material, the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Chris Ellison said today.

“This report represents a significant contribution to the Government’s ongoing process of copyright law reform,” Senator Ellison said.

The report undertakes an extensive examination of the history and effectiveness of the current law concerning government ownership of copyright material and considers whether government should continue to benefit from provisions more favourable than for other copyright owners.

The report also considers the Crown’s prerogative right in the nature of copyright, specific exceptions to infringement of Crown copyright and a discussion of which government entities should be considered the ‘Commonwealth’ or ‘State’.

In general terms, the Committee has concluded that government should, as far as possible, be on the same footing as other parties, and that there should be the widest possible access to government-owned materials.

The final report followed consultation carried out by the Committee with State and Territory Governments and key industry stakeholders.

“I congratulate the Committee on producing this informative and well-researched report”, Senator Ellison said.

“The Government looks forward to receiving feedback on these issues from the public.”

Copies of the report can be obtained from the Committee’s website at

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