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16 May 2014

Copyright, Fair Dealing and Educational Use in the Internet Age

The Internet has revolutionised the way we communicate, educate and manage our lives and our educational institutions are in a flurry of digital and online change. Despite rapid advances in digital technology our copyright laws have been relatively stagnant, stuck in the analogue era. As a result there are significant barriers to getting educational content online and available to a wider audience.

Educational institutions seeking to improve access to knowledge and offer new ways of learning are too often hampered by regulation that thwarts collaboration, the free flow of knowledge and expression of ideas. The impact of the Internet necessitates major reform to the scope of fair dealing for educational use in the Copyright Act. Copyright holder initiated litigation is likely to force legislative change. This is a paper about Copyright, Fair Dealing and Educational Use in the Internet Age.

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