Is the copyright for our photos gone?


The following text has been lifted out of the AIPP's news journal, it is an article by Chris Shain. Chris is a commercial photographer who has devoted many years representing the AIPP in all areas of Copyright. Please read this excerpt, then follow through to read the full story on the AIPP Journal, the link is below. 

Should your photographs be available for anyone to use however they like? Most of us would object to seeing our photographs being used to profit another person without our permission or any payment to us - and fortunately, that central premise is not going to change. However, around the edges the Productivity Commissions is recommending changes that benefit consumers and large organisations over and above the rights of the content creators - such as professional photographers.

Legislative proposals that affect professional photographers go unnoticed by the majority of photographers, but not the AIPP Board and it’s Board Adviser, Chris Shain. Behind the scenes, it’s members like Chris who keep the government honest by spending days if not weeks liaising on our behalf with lawyers, barristers and organisations like the Australian Copyright Council.

There was a huge outcry recently when the livelihood of book authors was threatened by changes proposed by the Productivity Commission’s report. That same report also threatens photographers were it to be implemented. Chris Shain, the AIPP and its advisers are intent on ensuring it is not! Most alarming is that a government department that has been given months to research and make recommendations for IP (Intellectual Property) can have such a limited and flawed understanding of the issues it is dealing with. It’s presentation is worse than a first year law student struggling with a tutorial question.

Explained Chris Shain, “We’ve been aware that the report was coming for some time. Initial submissions were invited in February 2016, but the AIPP decided to let experts like the Australian Copyright Council lobby on all our behalves. “However, the draft report that has just been released is very scary. Many people think it is so outrageous that the politicians will ignore it, but we can’t afford to take that chance.”

So what does the report propose?…
— Chris Shain, AIPP
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