Copyright in the digital age
Levelling the playing field
Deloitte Access Economics has analysed the impact of shifting from the current fair dealing system to a more flexible approach to copyright law in Australia such as fair use, as well as the key benefits and costs of doing so.
Copyright law serves an important purpose in today’s digital economy. In economic terms, it seeks to encourage economic efficiency in the production, management and use of creative output. It does so by providing appropriate incentives for the creation of new content, by ensuring creators are appropriately rewarded for their work when it is distributed or used by others.
The digital economy represents a major opportunity for Australia. Digital technologies will contribute $139 billion to the Australian economy by 2020 (an additional $60 billion from 2016) and help grow the digital workforce by more than 66,000 ICT workers.
However, those opportunities will not be maximised unless the legal framework supports innovation. Few aspects of the legal framework are more important in that respect than copyright law, and especially the provisions that control the range of permitted uses of copyrighted material.
This report, commissioned by Google, analyses the impact of shifting from the current fair dealing system to a more flexible approach to copyright law in Australia such as fair use. Key benefits and potential costs of a transition to fair use in Australia are identified and discussed with reference to industry evidence.
Published: February 2018