Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series: Copyright and the digital economy: Overview of reform recommend
Please join me to hear Professor Jill McKeough, Commissioner in charge of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy, discuss:
Copyright and the digital economy: Overview of reform recommendations for Australian copyright law
The ALRC’s report recommends a number of significant changes to Australian copyright law to meet the challenges of a complex and changing digital environment. In her presentation, Professor McKeough will discuss the recommendations, the process leading to the report and implications for New Zealand copyright law, including:
• Does Australian copyright law need a principles-based “fair use” exception to remain relevant?
• Do the existing time shifting and format shifting exceptions need to be replaced with a “private non-commercial” fair use exception?
• Do the temporary reproductions exceptions need to be replaced with an “incidental or technical use” fair use exception - to support technological advances in data mining, storage and network distribution?
• Would such changes provide enough certainty to owners and users - and are they the best way to accommodate technological change, foster lawful innovation and encourage the creation of copyright works?
Before her role with the ALRC, Professor McKeough was Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS). She is a highly experienced researcher and has written and taught primarily in intellectual property (copyright, designs, patents, trademarks, confidential information, biotechnology and indigenous cultural heritage) as well as torts, commercial law, legal system and legal history.
Professor McKeough’s many publications include Intellectual Property: Commentary and Materials (co-authored by Professor Kathy Bowrey and Professor Philip Griffith of UTS) and Intellectual Property in Australia (co-authored by Professor Andrew Stewart of Flinders University and Professor Philip Griffith of UTS).
Professor McKeough has held a number of board positions, was Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD), and served for six years as a member of the professional Standards Board of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.
We look forward to seeing you there.