helenlt on May 1st, 2015
Wow, it’s been quite a while since we’ve posted on our blog! We’ve been a bit distracted with BIP and various other happenings in the world of copyright. So to bring you up to date on our news!
We’ve had some staffing changes. As some of you may recall Astrid Bovell, who was one of the main contributors to our blog left the University in August last year to become manager of copyright at Deakin University. While we were very sad to see Astrid go and we still miss her overall brilliance and energy, the new role at Deakin was a great opportunity for her and we wish her well. Astrid’s departure has resulted in some shuffling of staff roles. Wil Villareal, who was Copyright Information Officer and coordinated the Copyright Permissions Service has moved into Astrid’s old role as Copyright Communications Officer and now oversees our information and awareness program. A new staff member, Peter Gray has joined the team, replacing Wil as Copyright Information Officer. We welcome Peter and Wil into their new roles. Both Peter and Wil will be posting to this blog soon.
In the University world of copyright, our big news is that there have been changes to the music licence which should help staff and students use recorded music for educational purposes. Under the music licence, we can now make music available for students to download for educational purposes. Previously, we were only able to stream music. The University’s music streaming service will continue to operate as it has been but you will now also be able to make music available for your students to download if you wish. Having the flexibility of both streaming and downloading means that you can make music available in a way that best suits both you and your students. Learning Environments have prepared a blog post on making music available for download. The other big change is that you can now use music source from legitimate online music sites such iTunes under the music licence. Previously, we could only use music from CD or cassettes as iTunes and similar site only allowed personal use. Having access to iTunes is great news as more and more music is being released as a digital download rather than on a CD.
Big stuff has also been happening in the wider world of copyright with the government’s review of website blocking to reduce piracy. This is a proposal to block websites whose primary function is to infringe copyright. It’s intended to prevent piracy but is also likely to have other consequences as well. It appears preventing copyright infringement is on lots of people’s minds at the moment with the Dallas Buyers Club film court case also making a big splash. The copyright owners of the Academy Awarding winning film the Dallas Buyers Club took legal action against several ISPs including iiNet to get the names of almost 5,000 Australians who had illegally download the film. It’s not clear as yet what action Dallas Buyers Club intends to take against these individuals. But we’ve been following the case with interest.
Over the next few weeks, we will look at these developments and what it might mean for staff and students and the University in more detail. But for now, Welcome back.