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Wednesday, 28 June 2000
Page: 18505


Mr SLIPPER (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (7:14 PM) —The government is prepared to accept these two amendments that, as the member for Barton has indicated, deal with libraries and archives in section 51A of the Copyright Act, which allows the reproduction and communication of works for preservation and other purposes. As it currently stands, the bill would allow institutions to make preservation reproductions available on their premises on terminals from which users could not copy or communicate the works. This exception is designed both to facilitate the preservation of artistic works through their digitisation and to enhance public access to such works. The opposition amendments would mean that a gallery could only make a preservation reproduction of an original artistic work available where the work had been lost or had deteriorated since the preservation reproduction was made, or where the original work had become so unstable that it could not be displayed without risk of significant deterioration. This is essentially consistent with the policy of the government that preservation reproduction should be made available to the public only in certain defined circumstances. As I said, the government accepts these amendments.

Amendments agreed to.