At the IP Whiteboard, we have been following the ALRC Copyright and the Digital Economy Inquiry with great interest (see here and here). In its Discussion Paper, the ALRC proposed the introduction of a fair use exception into the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).
We were excited to read that the ALRC announced that its Final Report had been presented to the Attorney General on Friday 30th November (see enews here).
Well, you may ask, why haven’t we heard about the ALRC’s final recommendations in the news? The Final Report won’t become a public document until it is tabled in Parliament, and the Attorney General has 15 sitting days do this. By our calculations, this means that the Final Report should be made public by the end of February 2014, but it might be tabled even earlier than this (a Christmas present for the copyright community?)