More than a billion original works are now available to anyone to use thanks to Creative Commons – a global movement dedicated to legal online sharing.
Mediawatch asks its global leader: is this boosting the media – or undermining them?
One reason a new copyright law is overdue here is the Trans Pacific Partnership.
A review was effectively on hold until it was clear what would be in any agreement signed off by New Zealand.
The one which was torpedoed by Trump last year sought to extend copyright so rich royalties and lucrative licenses for copyright holders would last two decades longer.
The TPP’s chapter on intellectual property would have made it illegal to access geoblocked movies – games and electronic books online.
But in the new TPP agreed last week these provisions are ‘suspended’ which means they will probably be excluded from future negotiations.
‘The suspension of the IP section of TPP is a huge win for the public – delivered in large part because of activists around the world who opposed the secret agreement.
They exposed the terms and ensured there was public debate’ said Ryan Merkley – CEO of Creative Commons.