Intellectual property

The ACCC has an ongoing interest in intellectual property issues and on copyright more specifically. This interest arises from a number of sources, including the intersection of competition policy and intellectual property policy and from provisions in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Copyright Act 1968.

While it is largely accepted that the individual grant of copyright or intellectual property rights will rarely cause competition concerns, the ACCC is aware that there may be instances where intellectual property rights may confer market power.

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ALRC review of copyright & the digital economy Communications Information paper Finalised

In 2012 the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) was requested by the then Attorney General, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, to conduct an inquiry into and report on current and further desirable uses of copyright material in the digital economy.

Copyright Guidelines 2006 Communications Guideline Ongoing

In November 2006 the ACCC released draft copyright guidelines to assist the Copyright Tribunal in the determination of copyright remuneration. Public submissions were due by 31 January 2007.

Copyright Guidelines 2018 Communications Guideline Submissions due

The ACCC released draft guidelines for consultation in 2006, but did not proceed to finalise these guidelines as it considered that its participation in Copyright Tribunal proceedings would both test its new role under the Copyright Act and further inform the development of the guidelines. The ACCC considers it is now an opportune time to revise the draft Copyright Guidelines and move towards issuing final guidelines.

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