Net Neutrality: European and Comparative Approaches

Tuesday 13 March | Melbourne Law School
Thursday 22 March | Corrs Chamber Westgarth, Sydney

Dr Chris Marsden University of Essex School of Law

Net neutrality is a growing policy controversy, which must be traced in its policy history, examined and defined, and its two elements separated: the present net neutrality ‘lite’ debate and the emerging net neutrality ‘heavy’ concerned with fibre access networks in the future. In this talk, Dr Marsden explained its past, explored the legislation and regulation of its present, and explained that economics and human rights will both play a part in its future.

Tweets, Beaks and Hacks: Court Reporting and the Law in the Age of New Media Journalism

Friday 30 March | Melbourne Law School

Mark Stephens Howard-KennedyFsi

Mark Stephens is one of the world’s most prominent media lawyers. He is known as former counsel to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the late author Christopher Hitchens and the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. He has defended Dow Jones (against Australian Joseph Gutnick), Wall Street Journal and the Guardian (in the ‘Alphabet Soup’ Case) and made a number of interventions in the European Court of Human Rights in free speech cases. He was also a victim of phone hacking by News of the World. In conversation with Centre for Advanced Journalism’s Margaret Simons, Mark reflected on the limits of freedom of speech, and how journalists should operate in the murky area of unauthorised disclosure.Mark Stephens has specialised in media law and intellectual property for the past 27 years and has a multinational practice which has included some of the most high profile cases in this field. He has been a legal commentator for Sky TV, The Times and the Guardian, appeared on BBC Radio and in 2010 named among the Evening Standard’s 1000 most influential people in London.

Election Talk: Issues in Election Communications Law and Practice in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Unites States

Wednesday 9 May 2012 | Melbourne Law School

Dr Murray Green University of Technology, Sydney

A joint seminar with Electoral Regulation Research Network

This presentation examined the response of three jurisdictions to these issues and from the perspective of deliberative democracy advocates a five element framework for the development of election communications law. Several superior court cases from each jurisdiction were assessed and the practice of election lawyers and regulators from across the three jurisdictions provided the basis of a socio-legal analysis of how election communications law is devised and practised.

Village Roadshow v iiNet: The decision and its ramifications for copyright owners and ISPs

31 May 2012 | Melbourne Law School

Mr Neil Gane Managing   Director,   Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT)
Mr John Stanton Chief   Executive   Officer, Communications Alliance
Dr David Lindsay Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Monash University

A free public seminar in Melbourne, proudly presented by IPRIA in association with the Centre for Media and Communications Law.

New Models for Copyright Law Reform

12 June 2012 | University of Technology, Sydney
Professor Dan Hunter Institute for Information Law & Policy, New York Law School (USA)
Professor Julian Thomas Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University
Professor Jill McKeough Australian Law Reform Commission

A free public seminar in Sydney, proudly presented by IPRIA in association with the Centre for Media and Communications Law and the Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney.

Copyright, Creators and Collecting Institutions: 2012 Update

23 August 2012 | Melbourne Law School

Susan Corbett Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Emily Hudson University of Oxford
Robin Wright Swinburne University of Technology

The Centre for Media and Communications Law presented an update on copyright issues for collecting institutions, drawing from ARC Linkage Projects in the sector and similar New Zealand research.

Amateur Media: Social, cultural and legal perspectives

4 September 2012 | Melbourne Law School | Book Launch

Professor Megan Richardson Melbourne Law School
Professor Julian Thomas Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University
Ramon Lobato Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation

Copyright and the Digital Economy Issues Paper

13 September 2012 | Baker & McKenzie, Sydney

Justine Clarke Australian Law Reform Commission
Dr Emily Hudson University of Oxford
Andrew Stewart Baker & McKenzie

An update on copyright issues in response to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Issues Paper on Copyright and the Digital Economy (2012)