This Summary Report provides an accessible overview of the policy framework and recommendations of the final Report Copyright and the Digital Economy by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). The full Report sets out in detail the issues raised by the Terms of Reference, and the research and evidence base upon which the ALRC’s recommendations were formulated.

The Summary Report begins with a brief account of the background to the Inquiry, the law reform brief and the development of the law reform response—including the principles underpinning the recommendations in the Report. This is followed by a description of the recommendations and their overall effect of providing a more flexible and adaptive copyright framework and one that simplifies the current regime.