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Creative Licensing to Expand Australia’s Public Domain - A Symposium

jointly hosted by

Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre
and AESharenet Pty Ltd
AEShareNet logo

Tuesday 11 May 2004, 5:45 for 6:00 - 7:45 pm

The Symposium

The Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at UNSW Law Faculty and AEShareNet (a non-profit company supporting a national collaborative system to manage intellectual property in members' educational materials using a system of standard and customisable licence protocols) hosted this symposium to look at creative opportunities to extend the public domain in content.

There were presentations from key participants in these developments, and time for discussion and questions. The symposium format is an opportunity to participants to share insights into these interesting new developments in Australian intellectual property law, and offered a forum for free-ranging discussion.

Specifically, we :

  • considered the role of Crown copyright, especially in legal materials, and the emerging opportunity to have the material contributed to the public domain.
  • launched the new 'Free for Education' licence from AESN, which gives creators and users of educational content a range of options including free and non-free usage.
  • introduced the new 'Creative Commons' Australian licence, based on the US model, and compare it to the FfE.

(NB: Some of the issues raised will also be covered in more depth by our 'Unlocking IP' conference in November 2004.)


Baker & McKenzie Conference Room, 26th floor
AMP Building,
50 Bridge Street
Sydney NSW 2000


Tuesday 11 May 2004



Professor Jill McKeough, UNSW Law Faculty

6:00 Introduction – Concepts of ‘Public Domain';
and Crown Copyright on the verge of giving to the Public Domain

Professor Graham Greenleaf – Faculty of Law,
University of New South Wales. PPT

Free For Education logo
LAUNCH: Announcing the Free for Education ('FfE') Licence Protocol

The latest innovation in AEShareNet's suite of licensing protocol solutions for learning materials

Philip Crisp – Special Counsel, Australian Government Solicitor, co-author of licence. PPT
and Dr Roger Clarke – Chair, AEShareNet Ltd. PPT 1 2

Creative Commons License
iCommons: Different Licences for Different Contexts

Similarities and differences between Creative Commons and Free for Education

Ian Oi – Special Counsel,
Intellectual Property and Communications, Blake Dawson Waldron,
Joint project lead with Brian Fitzgerald at QUT for porting
the Australian versions of the 'Creative Commons' licence. PPT

Panel discussion

Graham Greenleaf, Philip Crisp, Roger Clarke, and Ian Oi

7:30 Summary and closing remarks

To request an invitation, please contact:

David Vaile
Executive Director
Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre

T: (02) 9385 3589
F: (02) 9385 1778
E: d.vaile [at] unsw.edu.au


'Free for Education' Licence, 'Open content' and related issues

AESN's 'Free for Education' Licence Protocol page, and their summary of all 6 of their licence protocols.

Interview with Roger Clarke, 'Open for eBusiness', Australian Flexible Learning Community, 20 April 2004

Creative Commons

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