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Association, are pushing for copyright reform in Australia to ensure that everyone has access to the rich history of unpublished work which is currently collecting dust in boxes.
In Australia, copyright is limited to 70 years after the death of the creator of a published work, but for unpublished work copyright lasts forever. FAIR is pushing for the same copyright laws to exist for published work and unpublished work.
So what are unpublished works? Unpublished works can include diaries, letters, records, and recipes. Librarians from around Australia have found some unpublished recipes which are technically not allowed to be shared under current copyright law and popped them on the FAIR website for everyone to use.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.