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Tuesday, 31 August 1993
Page: 716

(Question No. 451)


Senator Patterson asked the Minister for the Arts and Administrative Services, upon notice, on 20 July 1993:

  (1) What measures has the Government taken to review the compact disk (CD) rental policy and to examine the effects of CD rentals on the rights of artists and sound recording copyright owners.

  (2) If a review body has been established, what is its membership and terms of reference.

  (3) Do any of the States or Territories have any role or input into this review process.

  (4) Will the Music Industry Advisory Council play any role in this review.


Senator McMullan —I have been advised that the answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

  (1 & 2) A working group has been established to examine options for the Government. It consists of representatives of my Department and the Attorney-General's Department. The terms of reference are the Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) treaty decisions and the effects of CD rentals on rights of artists and sound recording copyright owners.

  (3) It is intended that the review process will involve consultation with all relevant and affected groups, including States and Territories. A consultant may be engaged to assist.

  (4) The recent report of the Music Industry Advisory Council (MIAC) on these issues will be considered by the working group.