A statement said the campaign was aimed at making Australians aware of the need for the country to reform its copyright laws.
“Wikipedia uses FAIR USE to share knowledge across the world. Soon Australia could too, with your help,” one of the banners says.
The statement said the campaign would focus attention on both the importance of fair use to Wikipedia — around 10% of the English Wikipedia’s more than five million articles have some fair use content — and to the recent proposal from the Productivity Commission that Australia should also introduce a fair use exception.
“When you look up the ABC on Wikipedia and see its logo, that logo is there because a Wikipedia editor has uploaded it as a fair use of the image.
"Wikipedia users can only upload this content because they are able to rely on the US’s fair use provisions. If Wikipedia was based in Australia you wouldn’t see that logo.”
A website has been launched by EFA and copyright advocacy group the Australian Digital Alliance in support of the campaign.