Cooking for Copyright – Lunch is Served

All this week, To celebrate the success of the original Cooking for Copyright campaign, which was instrumental in getting an amendment to the Copyright Act which brings the duration of unpublished works into line with published material, we are republishing our blogs from 2015.  We hope you enjoy them again.  We’ll be blogging more details of the recent amendments to the Copyright Act soon.

Today, we thought we’d share some lunch recipes from the YHA recipe book, as well as some accompaniments, which we found in the Harrison Family collection. So for lunch we have fish croquettes with rice or spaghetti two ways (I’ve been watching way too much Masterchef) – either à la Buller or à la Station.  These three recipes come from our friends Lois and Gwen from the YHA.

For dessert, we have a recipe for toffee from the Harrison family.

Harrison Family Recipes – Toffee

And the Harrison family have also provide us with recipes for something to wash it all down with – either chili beer or if that’s a little too hot for your palate, you can try the ginger beer instead.


So there you have a complete lunch menu.  I’ll think we’ll share it with the University’s Events team – maybe the Vice Chancellor can use it for his next University function!

In yesterday’s post, we talked about some of the problems with orphaned works – where the copyright owner or rights holder is either unknown or cannot be contacted – and the need for copyright reform to address that issue.  Today I wanted to highlight some of the issues that libraries face in providing copies of material to library patrons.

The Copyright Act allows libraries to make material from their collections available to library users, but these provisions are often limited to specific purposes, such as research or study.  We can’t provide copies for other reasons.  This makes dealing with some works difficult, particularly for older unpublished material where it is difficult to get permission from the copyright owner. While limiting the duration of copyright for unpublished material would help to some degree, libraries and other cultural organisations are also lobbying for a broad, open ended and flexible US-style fair use exception to copyright.

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) completed a review of copyright in 2012.   In the review, the ALRC recommended the introduction of a fair use exception similar to fair use which already operates in the US.  A fair use exception would be different to the fair dealing exceptions that already exist in the Australian Copyright Act.  Rather than being limited to specific purposes, fair use would include illustrative purposes but any use would be covered so long as it was “fair and reasonable”.  The illustrative purposes would cover things like research or study; criticism or review; parody or satire; reporting news; professional advice; quotation; non-commercial private use; incidental or technical use; library or archive use; education; and access for people with disability.  Other uses might also be covered by fair use – making it easier for the law to keep up with changes to technology and how we use content and information.

A fair use exception would allow us (arguably) to post these recipes online without infringing copyright.

Tomorrow is the last day for Cooking for Copyright, so you  have one more day to post your pictures on social media.  Tomorrow, we’ll also share our final blog post.

Download YHA Recipes – Lunch Dishes – Croquettes and Spaghetti

Download Harrison Family Recipes – Toffee

Download Harrison Family Recipes – Chili Beer and Ginger Beer

Recipes and images courtesy of Youth Hostels – Youth Hostels Association of Victoria, 1997.0029 and the Harrison Family Collection Harrison Family 1978.0119, File 4_7 Recipe Book, Unit 2 University of Melbourne Archives.