Indigenous creators issue an Open Letter
More than 40 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, musicians, performers, journalists, writers and organisations oppose the Productivity Commission’s recommendations to change copyright in Australia.
On 16 February, an Open Letter rejecting the PC’s recommendations, and signed by leading Indigenous organisations and creators – such as Jessica Mauboy, Anita Heiss and Vernon Ah Kee, was circulated to media (and published in the Koori Mail 22 February). Coverage appeared on NITV, The Australian, themusic.com.au, Tone Deaf, Music Feeds, Daily Review and elsewhere.
Also on 16 February, all the major creative industry groups including ourselves, the Publishers Association, Society of Authors, Screen Producers Association, ARIA and others in the music, media and screen industries issued a joint media release opposing the PC’s recommendations and calling on the Government to rule out the proposed changes.