Cooking for Copyright! – the Second Course

Some of our regular readers may remember that back in July 2015, we participated in Cooking for Copyright:

Today, FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources) is holding an event that aims to change copyright rules for the better.

They have spearheaded the Cooking for Copyright campaign in order to push for copyright reforms around unpublished material.  At the moment, unpublished material like diaries, journals, and handwritten recipes are protected by copyright forever.  In contrast, published material is generally in copyright for 70 years after the death of the author or creator.   Many cultural institutions, including our Archives and Special Collections here in the Library, have a wealth of unpublished material which are languishing unused because of these restrictive copyright rules.

FAIR is attempting to raise the public’s awareness of these issues by encouraging us to dish up recipes and share them on social media with the hashtag #cookingforcopyright.  They’ve collected unpublished recipes from various archives and published them on their website for everyone to try.  Hopefully, this campaign will stimulate public interest in the issue such that impending copyright reforms can enable libraries and other cultural institutions more flexibility in using unpublished materials.

Here at the Copyright Office, we’ll be sharing our own culinary creations over the coming week, and we’d love for you to join in too.  We’ll be posting pictures here or our blog, or you can share them directly with FAIR on their Facebook page.  If you’re on Twitter, remember to use #cookingforcopyright to tag your pièce de résistance!

More information about this campaign can be found FAIR’s Cooking for Copyright website.  Let’s get cooking!

Well believe it or not, the Cooking for Copyright campaign worked.  In June, the Copyright Amendment Disability and Other Measures (CADAOM) Act was passed by Parliament and included in the amendment was a change to the duration of copyright for unpublished works. Unpublished works will now be protected for the same length of time as published works, i.e. life of the creator plus 70 years. The new standard term would apply to works created before 1 January 2019 that remain unpublished (or otherwise not made public) at that date.

So congratulations to everyone who campaigned with cakes.  To celebrate the change, we are republishing our Cooking for Copyright blogs from 2015 all this week. So please enjoy and feel free to test the recipes!

For more information visit FAIR’s We’re Cooking for Copyright Again website.