ACU Library celebrates passage of Copyright Amendment Bill
Published: Monday 26th June 2017
ACU Library is celebrating the passage through Parliament of the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill. While usually not prone to outbursts of joy over legislation, the passage of this particular piece will have a profound affect on ACU and the work we do with our students over the next few years.
When the Bill comes into effect, it will remove barriers that have been blocking the Marrakesh Treaty from being effectively implemented in Australia. This will allow ACU to more efficiently and economically support students who are blind, visually impaired, or otherwise print disabled.
From 1 January 2019, ACU researchers will get unprecedented access to historical documents, as Australia introduces copyright expiry terms for unpublished and orphan works.
ACU Library will be permitted to make digital preservation and research copies of particular works held in the Library, then make that work available to our researchers across all campuses.
For ACU teachers and all future Australian teachers, putting copyright works into online exams will now be legal. Also for all teachers across Australia, there will be changes to the rules around both copying works and making them available to students, and how broadcasts are used in education.
Many Libraries across Australia will be celebrating the legislation’s passage on Monday 31 July. ACU Library will also celebrate. Please watch out for further information on your campus.
If you would like to discuss how these changes may affect your team or individually, please contact the ACU Copyright Manager.