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Govt respects copyright laws on World IP Day

Govt respects copyright laws on World IP Day

THE FEDERAL Government last week touted its support of maintaining international cooperation in copyright matters, claiming that its participation in World Intellectual Property Day underlines…

THE FEDERAL Government last week touted its support of maintaining international cooperation in copyright matters, claiming that its participation in World Intellectual Property Day underlines its commitment to maintain a fair and equitable system of copyright protection.

Last week’s World IP Day was cause enough for the Government to reiterate its approach to copyright law, with federal Attorney general Philip Ruddock claiming Australians should use the day as an “opportunity to learn about the role that copyright plays in fostering growth and innovation in our society”.

The Government’s approach to copyright law, according to Federal Attorney General Philip Ruddock, is based on certain principles, including the intention to foster creativity and innovation.

As well, it seeks to keep pace with changing technology and to balance the rights of copyright owner.

A series of reforms in the past decade have been conducted based on these principles, the Government said, including the Digital Agenda Reforms, the recognition of moral rights and the parallel importation of CDs, video games and software.

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