Australian Government rejects proposal to reduce copyright life from 70 years

Australian Communications Minister Senator Mitch Fifield has dismissed reports that the Australian Government intends to amend the copyright act including shortening copyright life from 70 to 15 or 20 years as recently proposed in a report from the Productivity Commission.

Senator Fifield is quoted as saying “"Recently, it has been wrongly claimed that the government is planning to reduce the life of copyright to 15 to 25 years after creation, rather than 70 years after the death of the author as it is currently. This is not something the government has considered, proposed, or intends to do”.  Fifield added that the changes would not be made because  "the Coalition values Australian literature and Australian writers." The proposals from the Productivity Commission had generated intense opposition in Australian creative circles including from the Tasmanian Booker Prize-winning author Richard Flanagan and had attracted the criticism of the Australian Copyright Agency.
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