Extending copyright duration in Australia

Boymal, J and Davidson, S 2004, 'Extending copyright duration in Australia', Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform , vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 235-246.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Extending copyright duration in Australia
Author(s) Boymal, J
Davidson, S
Year 2004
Journal name Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 235
End page 246
Total pages 11
Publisher Australian National University, School of Economics
Abstract In February 2004 Australia and the United States concluded negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA). While much of the AUSFTA negotiations involved `market access' issues, domestic laws that discriminated against the other party¿s goods and services, or were otherwise considered unfavourable to the party's producers, were also on the negotiating agenda. According to Article 17.4.4 of the AUSFTA, Australia has agreed to extend its term of copyright protection. The term of copyright protection for works (for example, books, artwork and sheet music), films and sound recordings (phonograms) will be extended by an extra 20 years; so that the term of protection for works will move from the life of the author plus 50 years (the minimum term of copyright protection under the Berne Convention), to life plus 70 years. The term of protection for sound recordings and films will be extended from the current 50 years, to 70 years after the first authorised publication of the work or performance. The United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement and the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement provide for similar terms.
Subject Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
ISSN 1322-1833
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