The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association ( iGEA) welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC’s) issues paper on copyright and the digital economy (Issues Paper).
In 2012 the Australian interactive games industry was estimated to be worth $1.7 billion and is expected to be one of the fastest growing media and entertainment markets, second only to the Internet. The games industry relies on strong intellectual property laws, including strong copyright laws, to maintain this level of growth in, and contribution to, the digital economy. While there continues to be challenges with online copyright infringement which need to be addressed, Australia’s copyright laws have provided the games industry with a secure framework to develop and use new and innovative business models and, most importantly, to develop and distribute new game content.
iGEA’s full submission to the ALRC Copyright and Digital Economy Issues Paper can be found here.