Australian government adds fair use, safe harbour provisions to Copyright Act

The Australian government has  proposed changes to the Copyright Act to implement a fair use provision as part of amendments aimed at adapting to the digital world, with the exposure draft providing exceptions for educational and cultural institutions, as well as for those with disabilities.

The amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 are designed to ensure that libraries, archives, educational facilities, cultural institutions, and the disability sector have ‘reasonable access’ to copyrighted content, with usage of a copyright material not constituting infringement. Source and more information