Laura Simes: Future directions for Copyright Law
Australia's copyright laws are the chief means by which we as a society regulate the creation and distribution of knowledge. With the digital age well and truly upon us, individuals, corporations and Governments are grappling with how copyright law now 'fits' in with this, with diverse opinions on how copyright law could or should adapt to meet these changes.
This talk will look at a few current issues of interest in the world of copyright, and consider where we seem to be heading. Some developments, such as the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) suggest a preoccuopation with stronger copyright laws and penalties. On the other hand, the recent Review of the National Innovation System (aka the Cutler Report) presents a number of recommendations for more 'flexible' copyright law, along with a suggestion that we need to look at copyright law in a different way than we have in the past.
Laura Simes is the Executive Officer of the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA). The ADA is a coalition of research organizations, universities, cultural institutions, libraries, ICT companies and individuals, all of whom are united by a common belief in the need for balanced copyright law. Laura considers the impact of copyright law reform (and related areas) on members, and provides advice to Government on how to maintain a balance between reasonable access to creative works for copyright users on the one hand and an incentive to continue creating on the other.