So today, I made a presentation to a class of post-grad law students from UNSW regarding copyright reform and Internet freedom. Was great to have such a receptive audience for a talk that lasted a little over an hour!
I’ve embedded the slideshow below, or click here to open it.
After reports that Disney was pressing for a copyright term extension at the recent stakeholder briefing in Singapore for the TPP, I emailed DFAT in order to get their position on this matter.
In their response, they claim that they will not support provisions that would extend copyright terms in Australia, but would support clauses that serve to reinforce Australia’s current position on copyright term.
While it’s great that DFAT claim they aren’t intending to support an extension of copyright term at this time, I’m disappointed—but not surprised—that they would choose to vertically integrate the current copyright term in yet another treaty.
I have emailed DFAT’s TPP enquiries email address regarding the statements going around on Twitter that Disney is asking for yet another copyright term extension. Just a little bit of deja vu.
The content of the email can be found below. I will update this as soon as I get a response.
To whom it may concern,
I have a couple of questions regarding the position of the Australian negotiating team regarding the IP chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.
1. Is it the position of the Australian negotiating team to accept a final text that included any provisions that would require a copyright term extension?
2. Is it the position of the Australian negotiating team to accept a final text that included any provisions that would re-enforce the current copyright term of life + 70 years?
I look forward to your response.
Pirate Party Australia