Protest qui­etly at li­brary

Shepparton News - - NEWS -

A li­brary is not the usual set­ting for a protest, but avid read­ers in Cam­paspe Shire are be­ing en­cour­age to join a quiet cam­paign to change copy­right law.

The Cam­paspe Re­gional Li­brary Ser­vice is back­ing a cam­paign for copy­right law re­form by host­ing Cook­ing for Copy­right af­ter­noon tea events at its Echuca and Ton­gala branches on Fri­day.

The cam­paign — which the Aus­tralian Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion As­so­ci­a­tion’s Free­dom of Ac­cess to In­for­ma­tion and Re­sources group is run­ning — is de­signed to raise aware­ness about the prob­lems caused by per­pet­ual copy­right for un­pub­lished works.

In Aus­tralia, copy­right in pub­lished works lasts 70 years af­ter the death of the cre­ator, but for un­pub­lished works, copy­right lasts for­ever.

This means old di­aries, letters and even recipes are locked away.

Cam­paspe li­brary ser­vices man­ager Jenny Mustey said the ser­vice sup­ported FAIR’s call for changes to the law.

‘‘We’d like the same copy­right terms for un­pub­lished works as for pub­lished works.’’ she said.

‘‘Then li­brary ser­vices like us, mu­se­ums and his­tor­i­cal so­ci­eties could put these trea­sures on the web for fam­ily his­to­ri­ans, re­searchers and ev­ery­one else who is fas­ci­nated by our so­cial history.’’

FAIR has delved into li­brary and mu­seum col­lec­tions across Aus­tralia and posted more than 20 hand­writ­ten recipes to its web­site — ef­fec­tively con­tra­ven­ing the cur­rent copy­right law.

It is ask­ing Aus­tralians to cook one of the recipes — or choose an old favourite — and post a photo to Face­book or tweet with the #cook­ing­for­copy­right hash­tag, on Cook­ing for Copy­right Day on Fri­day.

‘‘We want peo­ple to use a clas­sic Aussie recipes for lam­ing­tons, pavlo­vas, can­teen bis­cuits and soldier cake tins to drive the copy­right re­form agenda,’’ Ms Mustey said.

‘‘Make some­thing based on an un­pub­lished source and bring it and the recipe into ei­ther the Echuca or Ton­gala branch at 2.30 pm on Fri­day and en­joy a yummy af­ter­noon tea.’’

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