Are long terms of copyright beneficial?

The recent secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have alarmed advocates for balanced approaches to copyright. The agreement takes the American lead in extended terms of copyright in all signing jurisdictions to the life of a work's creator plus 70 years. This doesn't affect Australian law, which already applies this term, but the agreement has prompted much discussion about the lengthy term of copyright and its purpose. This article in The Conversation by Catherine Bond (UNSW) briefly argues that rather than extending the length of copyright, a "strong public domain provides significant economic benefits".

For more analysis, check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation and ALIA's FAIR campaign.

ALLA(WA) Secretary - Megan Fitzgibbons.
Librarian, University of Western Australia.

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