Yarra Plenty Regional Library services the outer municipalities of Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Banyule in the north of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This blog promoting local history in our community has been operating since 2006 and is managed by the Local and Family History Librarian.
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 Individuals and organisations provided dozens of recipes, currently recognised as unpublished works which are deemed under copyright.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with the hashtag #cookingforcopyright The campaign raised awareness of one particular issue – perpetual copyright for unpublished works. While copyright is limited to 70 years after the death of the creator for published works, for unpublished works copyright lasts forever. Unpublished works include old diaries, letters, company records, thesis – even recipes.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