Did you know that Australian copyright law lasts until 70 years after the death of the creator of a published work, but that copyright on unpublished work last forever?!
This means that old unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries and even recipes are locked away and cannot be shared through libraries, museums or historical societies leaving valuable resources out of reach for family historians, researchers and others interested in Australian culture.
In the midst of this unfair copyright environment a spirited campaign has arisen to alert everyone to the need for copyright reform and to digitise and unleash ‘old’ unpublished works to the world, particularly old recipes.
The campaign, run by Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR), asks individuals to participate by choosing and cooking a cake, a batch of biscuits, some chutney or even a ‘Mint Julep’ from your own collection of great grandma’s recipes, or from the range of handwritten recipes that have been uploaded to the FAIR campaign page. Take a photo of your culinary creation and upload it to the FAIR facebook page (remember to use the hashtag #cookingforcopyright). If you use a family recipe from the 1950s or earlier you can post this to the FAIR facebook page too.
Support the FAIR campaigners and stir up public interest in copyright reform in Australia with Cooking for Copyright Day this Friday 31 July.
PS Don’t worry if you can’t cook on Friday you can post your photo onto the campaign Facebook site up until 7 August.