Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Cooking for Copyright

[Valda Unthank, champion lady cyclist of Victoria] State Library of Victoria ca 1939

In July the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) launched a campaign “Cooking for copyright” with its aim to support copyright law reform.
Individuals and organisations provided dozens of recipes, currently recognised as unpublished works which are deemed under copyright. The recipes were posted on a website and people were asked to cook a recipe, photograph it and add it to social media with the hashtag #cookingforcopyright
The campaign raised awareness of one particular issue – perpetual copyright for unpublished works. While copyright is limited to 70 years after the death of the creator for published works, for unpublished works copyright lasts forever.
Unpublished works include old diaries, letters, company records, thesis – even recipes. The copyright rules as they currently stand mean that these manuscripts are locked away – to no one’s benefit.
It is hoped that the campaign will help influence the Australian Government to respond with changes to copyright law that unlocks millions of items, putting them in the public domain.
More information at: https://fair.alia.org.au/cookingforcopyright

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