Law Council of Australia

Business Law Section

Productivity Commission – Right to Repair Draft Report (June 2021)

The submission to the Productivity Commission in response to the 'Right to Repair' draft report was prepared by the Business Law Section.

The Business Law Section has received contributions from two of its committees in relation to this consultation:

a. The Competition and Consumer Committee; and

b. The Intellectual Property Committee (together, the Committees).

In summary, the Committees are of the view that existing laws generally provide adequate rights and remedies to consumers in relation to repairs. Any changes to existing regulatory settings should only be in response to clear evidence of market failures and following detailed consultation with industry.

In addition, the Intellectual Property Committee is supportive of the Commission's proposal to amend the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) to adopt a general fair use defence in relation to copyright.

This submission is divided into two parts, each dealing with separate Information Requests and Draft Recommendations raised in the Draft Report. Part A of this submission has been prepared by the Competition and Consumer Committee, while Part B has been prepared by the Intellectual Property Committee.

You can read the full submission below.


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