Protest quietly at library
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and Resources group is running — is designed to raise awareness about the problems caused by perpetual copyright for unpublished works.
In Australia, copyright in published works lasts 70 years after the death of the creator, but for unpublished works, copyright lasts forever.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‘‘We’d like the same copyright terms for unpublished works as for published works.’’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‘‘Make something based on an unpublished source and bring it and the recipe into either the Echuca or Tongala branch at 2.30 pm on Friday and enjoy a yummy afternoon tea.’’