The US-Australia Free Trade Agreement and
- A Symposium
Baker & McKenzie
Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, UNSW Law Faculty
Wednesday 28 April 2004, 6:00 - 7:45 pm
The Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace
Law and Policy Centre, UNSW Law Faculty, hosted this by-invitation
symposium to discuss issues surrounding the US-Australia
Free Trade Agreement and intellectual
property, and encourage debate
on responses and options.
The FTA raises complex issues for intellectual
property, particularly digital IP which is the focus of this event.
As government, advocates for copyright owners and users, and industry advisers
it is useful to consider public interest aspects including justifications
for proposed changes to Australian law, possible flow-on effects, and impacts
on economic and other aspects of Australian life.
Key issues include:
- ISP liability and the conditions for 'safe harbour' immunity
- Access to ISP subscriber info. by copyright owners alleging breach
- Anti-circumvention provisions and the import of 'DMCA' rules
- Impacts on the burgeoning 'open source' software industry
- 20 year extension of term of copyright to "Life plus 70 years"
- Better 'fair use'/'fair dealing' rights for ordinary users?
- Impacts on consumers' quiet enjoyment of legally acquired content
- Impacts on the accessibility of information
- Impacts of process patents on innovation
- Recent reviews: Digital Agenda, business process patents?
- Relative benefits to American and Australian economies
There were several presentations from expert perspectives
to stimulate debate, and time for an open-ended discussion.
The symposium format is a unique opportunity to participants
to share insights into this key development for Australian intellectual
property law, and offered a forum for free-ranging discussion.
Baker & McKenzie Board Room, 26th
50 Bridge Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Wednesday 28 April 2004
5:45 for 6:00 pm, until about 7:45 pm
Prof. Graham Greenleaf, UNSW Law Faculty
Speakers and panelists
- Patrick Fair, Baker & McKenzie - presentation
- Peter Coroneos, Internet Industry Association
- Charles Britton, Australian Consumers Association
- Anne Flahvin, copyright adviser, Baker & McKenzie - presentation
- Dr Roger Clarke, Xamax Consultancy; Visiting Professor - presentation
- Sarah Deutsch, assoc. general counsel, Verizon
- Communications Law Centre, Arts Law Centre
- Officers from federal and state government agencies
- Australian Digital Alliance
- Collecting agencies
- IP academics from UNSW, UTS, Wollongong, Macquarie
MP3 sound files from the event:
Draft transcript of the presentations.
Baker & McKenzie Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre
T: (02) 9385 3589
F: (02) 9385 1778
E: d.vaile [at] unsw.edu.au
[Back to home