The latest Part of the Australian Intellectual Property Journal includes the following content: “At the intersection of public service and the market: Libraries and the future of lending” – Rebecca Giblin and Kimberlee Weatherall; “Information, intellectual property and the global information system for plant genetic resources for food and agriculture” – Charles Lawson; and “Legal support for the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the commercial development of new native plant varieties: Current status and future options” – Kylie Lingard. Also included in this Part is a book review from David Brennan of “The Law Emprynted and Englysshed – The Printing Press as an Agent of Change in Law and Legal Culture 1475-1642” by David J Harvey.
The latest Part of the Australian Intellectual Property Journal includes three interesting articles. The first article is by Dan Hunter and discusses the recent Australian Law Reform Commission report proposing a fair use defence to copyright infringement in Australia, examining the experience of fair use cases in the United States and drawing lessons from the jurisprudential history. The second article, by Kimberlee Weatherall, analyses and contextualises the conclusions of the Australian Law Reform Commission regarding the retransmission scheme and assorted broadcast exceptions, arguing that more attention should be paid to cultural policies in thinking about copyright reform. The final article comes from Bob Wright and argues that the Australian government should amend the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) in order to introduce United States-style fair use provisions as an additional open-ended exception to copyright sitting below, and integrated with, the current fair dealing exceptions.