The Australian Law Reform Commission has released an Issues Paper for its inquiry into copyright and the digital economy.  The Issues Paper is intended to frame discussion and encourage early public consultation on a range of issues relating to the current and desirable uses of copyright material in today's digital economy.  Among other matters, the ALRC review will rekindle the long burning debate in Australia about the adequacy and appropriateness of the exceptions to infringement and statutory licence regimes under the existing Copyright Act, including the question whether Australian copyright law should introduce a broader US-style "fair use" exception to copyright infringement.  Submissions in response to the Issues Paper are due by 16 November 2012.