Cooking up Success with Copyright!

Recently Librarians and Archivists from around Australia cooked their way to success! On the 15 June 2017 the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and other Measures) Act was passed through Parliament with full support. This means that previously copyright protected documents such as diaries, letters and old recipes are no longer hidden away. They will be able to be made freely available to the public.

This massive reform was made possible by the Cooking for Copyright campaign launched in 2015 by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) as part of its FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources) initiative. Participants were encouraged to cook vintage recipes as a fun way to raise awareness about the need for copyright reform and to highlight the issues associated with perpetual copyright for unpublished materials.

Jessica Coates from the Australian Librarians Copyright Committee says “Even when notes or scribbles are hundreds of years old with no possible chance of tracking down descendants, they are still locked away due to copyright protections. This change means things like the diaries of Captain Cook or the letters of Jane Austen can be accessed and used by school kids, researchers and the general public.” You can find more information about the copyright success from the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee.

To celebrate this amazing achievement, QUT Library is hosting another Cooking for Copyright morning tea exactly two years after the first one. Here are all the details –

When – Monday 31st July at 10:30am

Where – QUT Gardens Point Library, V Block, Level 3, Activity Room

How – Please register for this event via EventBrite

More reform is needed to Australian copyright law to achieve the balance required for creators and users of copyright materials to participate in knowledge creation. Professor Matthew Rimmer, Professor, Intellectual Property and Innovation Law School, will speak to this issue.

Cooking for Copyright

On the 31st of July librarians around Australia are doing something naughty… we are doing something against the law….we are going to bake!

What does baking have to do with copyright?

FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources), an initiative from the Australian Library and Information Association, are pushing for copyright reform in Australia to ensure that everyone has access to the rich history of unpublished work which is currently collecting dust in boxes.

In Australia, copyright is limited to 70 years after the death of the creator of a published work, but for unpublished work copyright lasts forever. FAIR is pushing for the same copyright laws to exist for published work and unpublished work.

So what are unpublished works? Unpublished works can include diaries, letters, records, and recipes. Librarians from around Australia have found some unpublished recipes which are technically not allowed to be shared under current copyright law and popped them on the FAIR website for everyone to use. Their goal is to create a social media frenzy so that those who have the responsibility of enacting copyright reform can hear the public voice.

If you would like to participate on Cooking for Copyright Day on the 31st July why don’t you get a bunch of friends together and try out some of these recipes? You can post pictures to the Cooking for Copyright Facebook page as well as using the hashtag #cookingforcopyright.