Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre
at UNSW Law Faculty
invites you to a free 'Law Tech Talk' seminar
in our 2003 Cyberspace Law and Policy Series:


Access regimes for software development –
Copyright and open source from a customer's perspective


Brendan Scott


Wednesday, 6 August 2003


1:00 to 2:00 pm, including 15 minutes for questions


UNSW Law Faculty, Library stage II Tower, Room 1042 (10th floor).
Enter via Gate 11 Botany St Randwick.



This talk centres around some of the design limitations of copyright law as it is applied to software. We will identify and discuss problems with the copyright regime when viewed from a customer's perspective. Brendan argues that copyright, while being an ideal form of market regulation for copyright vendors, is fundamentally anti-customer in its approach and tends to produce sub-optimal outcomes for the acquirers of copyrighted works. Brendan identifies ways in which access regimes can be established by customers to create more customer-friendly legal structures. Open source licensing is examined as an example of such an access regime, and we identify issues for organisations wishing to make their research available on an open source basis.

Slides from the talk.

  About the speaker:

Brendan Scott is the principal of a niche IT law practice based in Sydney. Brendan provides advice in relation to open source strategies and licensing as well as customer side copyright advocacy, and maintains the OpenSource AU email digest.


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