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Aug 16, 2017

Should you be worried about Fairfax and News Corp’s ridiculous new copyright scheme?

Fairfax and News Corp are two of quite a few media organisations to have signed up to a new "free and open licence" for content. But as freelance journalist Asher Wolf writes, the new arrangement is neither free nor open.

 The Copyright Agency Ltd, in all its “wisdom,” has published what it terms a non-exclusive, non-transferable licence for content from Fairfax Media, Bauer Media, News Corporation, West Australian Newspapers, Elliot Newspaper Group, Pacific Magazines, Torch Publishing and Border Watch Pty Ltd.

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3 thoughts on “Should you be worried about Fairfax and News Corp’s ridiculous new copyright scheme?

  1. John Hall

    Hey. I kept clipping of the moon landing & pasted them into a scrapbook. People have access to photocopiers and apps like Instapaper. Half the articles are sourced from other providers, like the Gaurdian. Seems to be a lot of hot air blowing in our faces. Starting to wonder if time is catching up with the Age and whether you can be Australian if you are owned by an American?

  2. John Hall

    I kept clippings of the moon landing & pasted them into a scrapbook. People have access to photocopiers and apps like Instapaper. Half the articles are sourced from other providers, like the Gaurdian. Seems to be a lot of hot air blowing in our faces. Starting to wonder if time is catching up with the Age and whether you can be Australian if you are owned by an American?

  3. Copyright Agency

    Copyright Agency response to this article:
    https://www.crikey.com.au/2017/08/18/adam-suckling-responds-asher-wolf/

    Asher Wolf could have picked up the phone yesterday to us before writing her piece about the Copyright Agency’s new open licence for the use of newspaper content.

    If she had done a basic fact-check, she would have discovered the open copyright licence for the use of newspaper content is not, in fact, aimed at journalists quoting from other publishers’ content. Journalists can already quote from other publishers under our existing copyright law.

    What the new licence is designed to do is allow non-commercial and non-editorial uses of media publisher content and also reflects the open licence available from The Guardian.

    Adam Suckling, CEO
    Copyright Agency
    More substantial uses do require payment to the creators of the material, because, as we know, high quality journalism does not come free and delivers untold benefits to our society. That’s what our copyright laws help to deliver.

    This open licence has been developed on behalf of the publishers Fairfax Media, Bauer Media, News Corporation, West Australian Newspapers, Elliot Newspaper Group, Pacific Magazines, Torch Publishing and Border Watch Pty Ltd. It is in response to questions from members of the public about whether they need permission to do certain things with newspaper articles, such as reproduce articles in their family history books or in their PHD theses; or use headlines in a book.

    The Copyright Agency also receives many requests for permission to link to publishers’ websites as this is something mentioned in some of the publishers’ terms and conditions of use on their websites.

    News websites terms and conditions of use, generally require permission for any use outside of the personal, non-commercial uses specified in those T&Cs. See terms and conditions of use from Crikey as an example.

    Most of the publishers have a separate photographic syndication department that specialises in handling copyright for the pictures, graphics and illustrations which appear in their papers. See: Fairfax Syndication, NewsPix and Bauer Syndication. This is why we excluded those works from this licence.