CBCA Submission to the Productivity Commission Regarding Proposed Changes to Copyright Law

Advocacy: Proposed Changes to Copyright Law

Read below the submission made by the CBCA to the Productivity Commission in relation to the proposed changes to Copyright Law. 

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has been supporting Australian writers and illustrators since our inception in 1945. Through our work, we know that literature for children and young adults makes a significant contribution to building and maintaining our Australian cultural life.

As the premier organisation on literature for young people in this country, the CBCA is strongly opposed to any changes to intellectual property laws which could damage the distinctive voice of the books created in this country or which could damage the livelihood of creators and ultimately the publishing industry as a whole. High-quality Australian children's literature has a long lifespan and the CBCA affirms that authors and illustrators deserve to be duly compensated for both the quality and longevity of their work. We urge the government to give careful consideration to the correct balance between content creators and end users in intellectual property reform.

Finally, we respectfully suggest that additional research and genuine consultation into the impact of the suggested changes on the various stakeholder groups affected is needed. CBCA would be willing and interested in being part of such a consultation group.

Professor Margot Hillel OAM

Chair, National Board, The Children’s Book Council of Australia 

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