'This Is a Complex Issue': A Few More Questions about Fair Use

Australian Intellectual Property Journal, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2018, 97-106

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 808

11 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2019

See all articles by Graeme W. Austin

Graeme W. Austin

Victoria University of Wellington

Date Written: February 1, 2019

Abstract

Taking the lead from the government’s comment that the scope of copyright exceptions is a “complex issue”, this article raises three questions that could benefit from further discussion during deliberations on the Productivity Commission’s recommendation that a US-style fair use standard be incorporated into Australian copyright law. First, it asks whether Australian courts would derive much guidance from US case law, given the doctrinal uncertainty that exists in US fair use jurisprudence. Second, it questions whether an Australian version of fair use would necessarily be applied in cases involving new technological uses of copyright protected works, rather than the production of new works of authorship. Third, it asks whether sufficient attention has been given in the fair use debate to the incentives needed to create functioning markets for copyright-protected works.

Keywords: copyright law, fair use

JEL Classification: K00, K39

Suggested Citation

Austin, Graeme W., 'This Is a Complex Issue': A Few More Questions about Fair Use (February 1, 2019). Australian Intellectual Property Journal, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2018, 97-106; U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 808. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3327039

Graeme W. Austin (Contact Author)

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Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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