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raise awareness about the need for copyright reform and to highlight the issues associated with perpetual copyright for unpublished materials.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.