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Unlocking IP 2006 Conference

Monday 10 - Tuesday 11 July 2006

AEShareNet Ltd
(principal industry supporter)


Speaker biographical information

Dr Jane Anderson

Research Fellow in Intellectual Property, AIATSIS

Jane Anderson holds a PhD in Law from the University of New South Wales. She is a Research Fellow in Intellectual Property at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Dr Anderson has spent the last three years examining the contests and conflicts in the ownership, control and access of historical and contemporarily recorded Indigenous cultural knowledge. The project focused on the significant amounts of copyright material (in particular ethnographic photographs, sound-recordings and films) that have been produced about Indigenous people in Australia over the period of colonization - and current repatriation of this material in digital form back to communities. Outcomes included protocols for Indigenous knowledge centres, national guidelines for acquisition, access and reproduction of Indigenous cultural material by cultural institutions and policy advice for Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations relating to Indigenous knowledge and intellectual property. Dr Anderson is also the author of the forthcoming book through Edward Elgar Press: Law/Knowledge/Culture: The Making of Indigenous Knowledge in Intellectual Property Law.

Ben Atkinson

Copyright Policy Researcher, on leave from NSW Attorney General’s Department

Ben Atkinson is writing a book (Sydney University Press), on the history of Australian copyright law, testing the theory that the purpose of copyright regulation is to encourage production. He worked at the Department of Communications, IT and the Arts during the digital agenda reform process and is on leave from the NSW Attorney General’s Department, where he is principal policy advisor in the policy division. His book builds on his Masters research thesis undertaken at Sydney University.

Tim Barker

Queensland Assistant Government Statistician

Tim Barker is the Assistant Government Statistician in the Office of Economic and Statistical Research, Queensland Treasury. Tim is also Director of the Queensland Spatial Information Office which implements the whole of industry policy activities of the Queensland Spatial Information Council. Tim has over 25 years experience in information systems, product and service development in Australia, Canada, United Stated and the UK. Tim has a BApSc. from QUT, MScEng from UNB (Canada) and is currently undertaking a PhD at QUT, where is has also lectured for the last 16 years. Tim was named APSEA Spatial Scientist of the Year in 2004 and is the current President of the Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI).

Sally Bieleny

Business Analyst, The Le@rning Federation

Sally Bieleny is the Business Analyst with The Le@rning Federation ­ an initiative of State and Federal governments of Australia and New Zealand that is developing online interactive curriculum content specifically for Australian and New Zealand schools. Sally is responsible for identifying the business and functional requirements for infrastructure systems and integrating the systems and processes into the organisation. The systems include content management, IP rights management and basic learning management.

Ben Bildstein

Researcher, Unlocking IP project, UNSW/AustLII

Ben Bildstein completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems) with Honours at the University of Tasmania in 2002. Ben then started work for one of Tasmania's few commercial software companies, writing environmental data management software. Ben now resides in Canberra and is one of two PhD students working on the “Unlocking IP” project at UNSW. He is working on research which will enhance the Unlocking IP technical resources for finding content with public rights, and providing incentives for their creation.

Catherine Bond

Researcher, Unlocking IP project, UNSW

Catherine Bond is one of two PhD students working on the “Unlocking IP” project at UNSW and the theme of her thesis is “Mapping Australia’s Copyright Commons.” Catherine completed a Bachelor of Media and Bachelor of Laws with Honours at Macquarie University.

Prof Kathy Bowrey

Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, UNSW

Dr Kathy Bowrey is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Her work is primarily related to intellectual property and information technology law. It is generally quite political and multi-disciplinary in focus, drawing upon literary theory, legal theory, political theory, sociology, feminism, critical race theory, cultural studies and techno-literature. Her first legal employment was as a researcher for the 1987 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Her most recent publication is Law and Internet Cultures, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) She is an investigator in the Unlocking IP research project.

Delia Browne

National Copyright Director of the Copyright Advisory Group (CAG) MCEETYA

Delia is an extremely experienced intellectual property lawyer. Prior to this position she worked at Minter Ellison with Charles Alexander providing specialist copyright advice to the education sector. She also has considerable experience in entertainment law and assisted in setting up an entertainment and intellectual property practice at Michell Sillar Attorneys in Sydney. She has considerable experience in law reform and lobbying. In her role as the Executive Director of the Arts Law Centre of Australia (1996 ­ 2002), she advised the arts sector in respect of legislative reforms and policy in intellectual property and taxation. She negotiated and drafted amendments to the Copyright Amendment (Moral Rights) Act 2000 and to A New Tax System (Integrity Measures) Act 2000. Her most recent success is the negotiation and implementation of the ATO Tax Ruling 2005/1 Carrying on business as a professional arts practitioner. This ruling is now regarded as the international benchmark on the tax treatment of artists.

In her role as the National Copyright Director she manages the newly formed National Copyright Unit of Copyright Advisory Group (CAG) which provides specialist copyright advice to the schools and TAFE sector and conducts negotiations with collecting societies on behalf of schools and TAFEs. In the last year, she has led the lobbying efforts with the education sector in response to the government copyright law reviews, as well as implementing smart copying strategies. Delia recently taught industrial and intellectual property at the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales and is a sought after conference and seminar speaker. She has an extensive publication record and is a member of the editorial boards of the Media Arts Law Review and New Zealand Intellectual Property Journal and wrote the Chapter on Moral Rights for Halsbury’s Laws of Australia.

Prof Andrew Christie

Director, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia

Andrew Christie was appointed as the first Davies Collison Cave Professor of Intellectual Property in 2002. He is the founding Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), a national centre for multi-disciplinary research on the law, economics and management of intellectual property based at the University of Melbourne. Andrew has particular expertise in the application of copyright, patent and trade mark law to the digital environment, and in patent protection for biotechnological innovations. He is a former member of the Copyright Law Review Committee, and is a current member of the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property.

Philip Chung

Executive Director AustLII

Philip is a graduate in Economics and Law from the University of Sydney, with a major in Computer Science. Philip manages the staff and resources of AustLII and jointly oversees the technical development of AustLII's projects and system administration. In addition to his responsibilities as AustLII's Executive Director Philip manages our primary legal materials, and has developed all of our facilities to automate the receipt and processing of cases and other materials. Philip lectures in computerised legal research at UTS. He is experienced in large scale legal publishing on the Internet, computerised legal research, computer legal applications and automated text processing.

Dr Roger Clarke

Visiting Professor, UNSW; Xamax Consulting

Roger Clarke is a consultant in the management of information and information technology. He has spent 35 years in the I.T. industry, as professional, manager, consultant and academic. He has particular expertise in eBusiness, information infrastructure, and dataveillance and privacy. His work encompasses corporate strategy, government policy, and public advocacy. He has published many scores of papers. Most of them are available on his personal web-site at, which attracts over 3 million hits p.a. Among other things, it includes the world's most authoritative pages on 'Waltzing Matilda'. Roger is a frequent contributor to conferences and seminars throughout Australia and overseas, usually focusing on topics and perspectives that conventional presenters overlook or wilfully ignore. This often annoys people.

He holds degrees in Information Systems from U.N.S.W., and a doctorate from the A.N.U. He was made a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society in 1986. He is a Visiting Professor at U.N.S.W. (in cyberspace law and policy), the University of Hong Kong (in eCommerce), and the A.N.U. (computer science). He has been active in digital copyright for over 20 years, in ePublishing for 15 years, and in open content aspects for over 10 years. He is Board Chair of AEShareNet Limited.

Dr Melissa De Zwart

Senior Lecturer, Monash University Law Faculty

Dr Melissa de Zwart is a senior lecturer, Law Faculty, Monash University. She teaches in the areas of intellectual property and the Internet and has a particular research interest in copyright and the issues created by the digital environment. She has published numerous articles on copyright, fair dealing, broadcasting copyright and Internet content regulation. Her PhD thesis dealt with the topic of fair dealing and contract in the digital environment. Prior to joining the Law Faculty she practiced in the areas of intellectual property commercialisation and technology transfer.

Prof Peter Drahos

Professor in Law, ANU: Head of Program of Regulatory Institutions Network;
Director, Centre for Governance Knowledge and Development

Peter Drahos is a Professor in Law and the Head of Program of the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University. He is the Director of the Centre for the Governance of Knowledge and Development. His publications include A Philosophy of Intellectual Property, Dartmouth (1996), Global Business Regulation, Cambridge University Press, 2000, (with John Braithwaite) and Information Feudalism: Who Controls the Knowledge Economy? (with John Braithwaite), Earthscan (2002), New Press (2003) and Oxford University Press, (2003).

Jeremy Fisher

Executive Director, Australian Society of Authors

Jeremy Fisher has been Executive Director of the Australian Society of Authors since 2004. Prior to that he had a thirty-year career in publishing working for some of Australia’s largest publishers.

Dr Anne Fitzgerald

QUT, Faculty of Law

Anne Fitzgerald is a Brisbane-based intellectual property and e-commerce lawyer. She is an Adjunct Professor at QUT Law School where she works on the OAKLaw project ( and is a Principal Advisor in the Queensland Government’s Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Water. In 2002 Anne was awarded the JSD degree (Doctor of the Science of Law) by Columbia University, New York. The book based on her Columbia dissertation was published in January 2002 by LexisNexis/Butterworths: Mining Agreements: Negotiated Frameworks in the Australian Minerals Sector (reviewed in the Australian Petroleum and Mining Law Journal (AMPLJ), August 2002). Anne also has a Masters degree (LLM with Merit) in International Business Law from University College, University of London (1989) and a Masters degree (LLM) from Columbia University (1992). She did her undergraduate law degree (LLB (Hons)) at the University of Tasmania, after which she worked for 2 years as Associate to the then Chief Justice of Tasmania. She is a member of the Queensland Bar and has also been admitted to legal in Victoria (Barrister and Solicitor, 1990) Tasmania (Practitioner, 1985) and is enrolled on the High Court’s list of Practitioners (1985).

Anne has an extensive background in the areas of intellectual property and electronic commerce law. She has taught subjects in these areas, since 1991, to students in law, biotechnology, information technology, multimedia and electronic commerce courses, as well as to computer scientists, artists, writers and designers.

Prof Brian Fitzgerald

Head of Law School, QUT Brisbane Australia

Brian is a well-known intellectual property and information technology lawyer. He has published articles on Law and the Internet in Australia, the United States, Europe, Nepal, India, Canada and Japan and his latest (co-authored) books are Cyberlaw: Cases and Materials on the Internet, Digital Intellectual Property and E Commerce (2002); Jurisdiction and the Internet (2004); Intellectual Property in Principle (2004). Over the past five years Brian has delivered seminars on information technology and intellectual property law in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, Nepal, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Norway and the Netherlands. In October 1999 Brian delivered the Seventh Annual Tenzer Lecture - Software as Discourse: The Power of Intellectual Property in Digital Architecture - at Cardozo Law School in New York. Through the first half of 2001 Brian was a Visiting Professor at Santa Clara University Law School in Silicon Valley in the USA. In January 2003 Brian delivered lectures in India and Nepal and in February 2003 was invited as part of a distinguished panel of three to debate the Theoretical Underpinning of Intellectual Property Law at University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.

During 2005 Brian has presented talks in Germany, India and China and was a Visiting Professor in the Oxford University Internet Institute_s Summer Doctoral Program in Beijing in July 2005. He is also a Chief Investigator in the newly awarded ARC Centre of Excellence on Creative Industries and Innovation. He is also Project Leader for the DEST funded Open Access to Knowledge Law Project OAK Law Project, looking at legal protocols for open access to the Australian research sector. His current projects include work on digital copyright issues across the areas of Open Content Licensing and the Creative Commons, Free and Open Source Software, Fan Based Production of Computer Games, Licensing of Digital Entertainment and Anti-Circumvention Law. Brian is a Project Leader for Creative Commons in Australia. From 1998-2002 Brian was Head of the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia and in January 2002 was appointed as Head of the School of Law at QUT in Brisbane, Australia.

Carol Fripp

CEO, AEShareNet

Carol Fripp is General Manager of AEShareNet Ltd and has been involved in the evolving intellectual property environment since 2000. Carol has worked extensively within the Australian VET sector, as a TAFE teacher; curriculum designer; organisational consultant; change agent; knowledge manager, human resource manager; and subsequently became involved in electronic service delivery options and e-commerce solutions in a rapidly changing environment - with particular emphasis on managing information in a digital environment.

Carol has visited a wide range of technical institutions within the United States and the United Kingdom over the last decade, which has kept her current with new initiatives and innovations in the global marketplace. She has given several papers at national and international conferences.

Prof Michael Geist

Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa; Creative Commons Canada

Dr. Michael Geist is the Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa. He has obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees from Cambridge University in the UK and Columbia Law School in New York, and a Doctorate in Law (J.S.D.) from Columbia Law School.

Dr. Geist has written numerous academic articles and government reports on the Internet and law and is a columnist on technology law issues that regularly appears in media outlets on five contintents including North America (the Toronto Star and Ottawa Citizen), South America (Santiago Times), Europe (BBC), Asia (South China Morning Post), and Africa (Kenya's Daily Nation). He is the creator and consulting editor of BNA's Internet Law News, a daily Internet law news service, editor of the monthly newsletters, Internet and E-commerce Law in Canada and the Canadian Privacy Law Review (Butterworths), the founder of the Ontario Research Network for E-commerce, on the advisory boards of several leading Internet law publications including Electronic Commerce & Law Report (BNA), the Journal of Internet Law (Aspen) and Internet Law and Business (Computer Law Reporter). He is the author of the textbook Internet Law in Canada (Captus Press) which is now in its third edition, and the editor of In the Public Interest: The Future of Canadian Copyright Law, published in 2005 by Irwin Law.

Dr. Geist's work has been recognized with several important awards and grants including the 2002 Canadian Association of Law Teachers Scholarly Paper Award and a major research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for work on Internet jurisdiction and copyright law. In 2003, Dr. Geist became the first law professor to receive the Ontario Premier Research Excellence Award, obtained a significant grant from to establish Canada first technology law public interest litigation clinic at the University of Ottawa, was named one of Canada Top 40 Under 40, and received the Public Leadership Award from Canarie for his contribution to the Internet in Canada. Dr. Geist serves on the director and advisory boards of several Internet and IT law organizations including the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the dot-ca administrative agency, and the Public Interest Registry, which manages the dot-org domain. He was a member of Canada’s National Task Force on Spam and is the former chair of a global Internet jurisdiction project for the American Bar Association and International Chamber of Commerce. He is regularly quoted in the national and international media on Internet law issues and has appeared before government committees on e-commerce policy.

Ernie Ghiglione

LAMS Project Manager, MELCOE, Macquarie University

Ernie has been involved in various open source project in e-learning before. He has developed parts of the .LRN Learning Management System, specially the Learning Object Repository, content delivery platform, one of its assessment engines, the IMS Content Packaging, IMS Metadata and SCORM implementation. Prior to managing e-learning projects, Ernie led large enterprise software development in the US, The Netherlands and India for five years. He holds an MSc Bsc Management Information Systems (magna cum laude) from New York University and a Master of Software Engineering from the University of Sydney.

Prof Graham Greenleaf

UNSW Faculty of Law and AustLII

Graham Greenleaf is a Professor of Law at UNSW, where he has taught for over 20 years. He is one of the co-founders and Co-Directors of AustLII. One of his main research interests is privacy law, and he does not like national ID cards. He teaches IT law and Internet legal research. He used to teach intellectual property but has tried to kick the habit and is now the coordinator of the 'Unlocking IP' project at the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre.

Andres Guadamuz

E-commerce lecturer, University of Edinburgh

Andres Guadamuz is a Lecturer in E-Commerce at the University of Edinburgh, where he is also a co-Director of the AHRC Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. Andres has both Bachelor and Licenciado degrees from the University of Costa Rica. He's been in the UK since 1998 and obtained an LL.M. in International Business Law at the University of Hull and an M. Phil from Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests are on the interaction between technology and the law, the role of intellectual property on developing countries, open source and open access.

Neale Hooper

Whole of Government Licensing Projects, Queensland Treasury

Neale is a leading lawyer in information technology, biotechnology and intellectual property law with over twenty years experience with the Queensland Crown Law Office, providing specialist intellectual property, information technology and communications law services to Queensland public sector clients. He graduated in law from University of Queensland and completed an LLM degree at that university. Neale has made numerous presentations to industry, professional seminars and conferences on various aspects of intellectual property and e-commerce law and has engaged in extensive consultations with information technology industry representatives. Since 2003 Neale has been an adjunct lecturer at QUT law school, where he has taught in several intellectual property, internet and e-commerce law courses in the undergraduate and graduate law programs.

During the course of Neale’s employment with the Queensland Government, he has drafted and negotiated numerous information technology contracts, including contracts based on the standardized Government Information Technology Conditions (GITC). As well as advising on a broad range of intellectual property issues (copyright, trade marks and patents), Neale was closely involved in the development and drafting of the Queensland Government’s Intellectual Property Policy and Guidelines.

Dr Janet Hope

Centre for Governance of Knowledge and Development, RSSS, ANU

Dr Janet Hope is an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow affiliated with the Australian National University's Regulatory Institutions Network. A qualified biochemist and molecular biologist, she was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of Australia in 1997 and spent several years working at the Australian Government Solicitor. In 2001, she left practice to study for a doctorate at the ANU's Research School of Social Sciences under the supervision of Professor Peter Drahos. Her thesis, titled "Open Source Biotechnology", was completed in December 2004 and is available online at

Together with colleagues Dr Dianne Nicol (University of Tasmania) and Professor John Braithwaite (ANU), Dr Hope is the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (2005-2008) to explore the application of co-operative intellectual property management mechanisms -- that is, "clearing models" -- in the Australian biotechnology industry. Dr Hope has also written a book, titled "Biobazaar: Biotechnology and the Open Source Revolution", to be published in 2007 by Harvard University Press.

Emma Hudson

Law School, University of Melbourne

Since late 2003, Emily Hudson has been Research Fellow at the CMCL and IPRIA at the University of Melbourne, after working for several years at a national law firm in the commercial disputes and intellectual property groups. Emily's primary research focus has been on the copyright, digitisation and cultural institutions project with Andrew Kenyon and Andrew Christie. She has also worked on a collaborative project with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies on intellectual property and Indigenous knowledge.

Scott Keil-Chisholm

Project Manager, The OAK (Open Access to Knowledge) Law Project

Scott completed his Articles of Clerkship with Blake Dawson Waldron Lawyers in 2001, after working in the Insurance, Projects, Intellectual Property and Communications and Corporate Advisory practice groups. He then travelled to Silicon Valley, California USA and upon his return, Scott commenced work in the Litigation practice group of McInnes Wilson Lawyers, concentrating on the defence of professional indemnity claims. In 2004, Scott joined the Commercial Litigation practice group of Home Wilkinson Lowry Lawyers which provided broader litigation experience in project management contracting, retailing, construction, manufacturing and franchising. In an effort to progress a career in intellectual property law, Scott commenced work with Colavitti Lillas Lawyers before becoming Project Manager of The OAK (Open Access to Knowledge) Law Project. Scott is presently undertaking his Master of Laws specialising in intellectual property law at The University of Queensland.

Assoc Prof Andrew Kenyon

Centre for Media and Communications Law, University of Melbourne

Andrew Kenyon is the Director of the CMCL - Centre for Media and Communications Law at the University of Melbourne in Australia and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law. The CMCL undertakes research into many aspects of media and communications law and policy; holds public seminars in Melbourne and Sydney about legal and regulatory developments; supports research visits from Australian and international academics, lawyers and policy makers; and supervises undergraduate and graduate teaching and research in media and communications law at the university. Andrew researches in comparative media law, across topics in defamation, journalism, free speech, digital communications and copyright. Among other community engagements, he has had a long involvement with the Arts Law Centre of Australia, which is the country's national community legal service for the arts. His most recent books are Defamation: Comparative Law and Practice (London: UCL Press, 2006) and New Dimensions in Privacy Law: International and Comparative Perspectives (co-edited with Megan Richardson and being published by Cambridge in 2006). He is also the editor of the refereed journal, the Media & Arts Law Review, which is published internationally in paper and digital formats.

Simon Lake

CEO, Screenrights Australia

Simon Lake is the Chief Executive of Screenrights, a non-profit audio-visual collecting society which collects royalties for owners of copyright in film and television. Previously Simon was the Executive Director of the Australian Writers’ Guild, the national professional association for writers working in film, television, theatre and multimedia and also the Executive Director of the AWGACS, the Australian Writers’ Guild’s Authorship Collecting Society.

Simon was a legal policy adviser with the Australian Federal Government from 1992 to December 1995 working for then Attorney-General Michael Lavarch, then Minister for Justice Duncan Kerr and the former Minister for Justice, Michael tate and at the same time was director of the Victorian Legal Aid Commission. Prior to this, Simon was an Associate to the President of the NSW Court of Appeal, Justice Michael Kirby. Simon is on the board of the international retransmission collection agency, AGICOA, and the Australian Copyright Council.

Raena Lea-Shannon

Frankels Lawyers (arts and film advisor)

Raena Lea-Shannon was the first volunteer solicitor to work at the Arts Law Centre of Australia in 1988 where she researched and assisted with submissions on behalf of the Centre to various industry bodies in the Arts and Entertainment Industry including, visual and performance arts collectives, organisations and individuals. She was appointed as an Associate with Simpsons Solicitors in 1989.

She is a founding Director of the Board of Queer Screen Limited, which presents the annual Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Film Festival and other special film, seminar and performance events; a panel consultant Solicitor with the Arts Law Centre of Australia since 1988; a founding Director of Out FM Limited, an aspirant community broadcaster in Sydney; In 2000 - 2002 she was Vice President of Watch on Censorship, a committee established to protect and provide freedom of expression in Australia. She is presently still a Committee Member of Watch On Censorship and Proper Officer. Raena is an active advocate of freedom of expression and prepared the Watch on Censorship submission to the New South Wales Legislative Council and appeared at the hearing of the Standing Committee on Social Issues in respect to the NSW Classification Films, etc Enforcement Act. Raena represented the Distributors of the films Irreversible (Accent Film Entertainment), Nine Songs (Accent Film Entertainment), Anatomy of Hell (Potential Films) and Mysterious Skin (Hopscotch). She researched and wrote the Electronic Frontiers Association of Australia submission to the Productivity Commission for its Report on Radiocommunications. She has written numerous articles and presented papers on Entertainment and Media Law. She lectured part-time at the University of New South Wales in the Entertainment Law Masters course in 2002-2004.

Raena commenced with Michael Frankel & Co. Solicitors in 1991 became Partner with the formation of Frankel Lawyers in 2005. She has 20 years experience in copyright, media and entertainment law and sound knowledge of the new technologies industries through her active interest in digital media. She is member of the New South Wales Society for Computers and the Law. In 2006 she founded the Open Legal Practice Standards Collaboration Org which was launched at the 2006 LinuxWorld Conference at the Sydney Convention Centre. In 1999 she was awarded the Law Society of NSW, Community Legal Centre award for pro bono solicitor for working voluntarily with the Arts Law Centre over a period of more than fifteen years.

Dennis Macnamara

AEShareNet Ltd

Dennis Macnamara has worked in education for over 30 years in both public and private sectors. He has expertise in both managing the development of content and the delivery of services and has been responsible for designing successful business models for the design and delivery of flexible and innovative learning services.

Since joining AEShareNet in 2002 Dennis has developed approaches to demystify the complexities of copyright, IP management and licensing so that practitioners can get on with business. It is imperative that intellectual property be carefully managed in e learning so that resources can be shared, traded and used as widely as possible. Dennis presents frequently on this topic.

Bryan Mercurio

UNSW Law Faculty, Director, International Trade and Development Project, Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Public Law

Bryan Mercurio is a Senior Lecturer at The University of New South Wales, Faculty of Law, Director of the International Trade and Development Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law and a Fellow of the Tim Fischer Centre for Global Trade & Finance. Bryan began his career working with the Government of Canada working on Canadian-US bilateral trade disputes and subsequently practiced international commercial law and international trade law in the United States and Australia. More recently, Bryan has advised both Australian and New Zealand parliamentarians on international trade law matters. Bryan has published several articles and book chapters and is co-author of WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding: A Detailed Interpretation (2005, Kluwer Law International).

Dianne Nicol

Law Faculty, University of Tasmania and Centre for Law and Genetics

Dr. Dianne Nicol is a senior lecturer in the Law Faculty at the University of Tasmania and a member of the Centre for Law and Genetics (CLG), a cross-institutional research group with members from the University of Tasmania and Melbourne University. She has a PhD in cell biology and an LLM in intellectual property law. The CLG has undertaken a series of projects examining legal and ethical issues associated with genetics and biotechnology, particularly focusing on commercialisation.

Dianne carries responsibility for the intellectual property component of each of these projects and has contributed to various other aspects of the research programs. In 2003 she completed an empirical research project on biotechnology patents and patent licensing in Australia in collaboration with Jane Nielsen. Dianne’s other major research project, ‘Cooperative Intellectual Property Management and Technology Transfer for the Australian Biotechnology Industry’, is being undertaken with colleagues from the Australian National University, Janet Hope and John Braithwaite. Dianne was a consultant and member of the advisory panel to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s inquiry on gene patents and human health.

Prof Mark Perry

IBM Center for Advanced Studies, Faculty of Science, Computer Science, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario

Professor Mark Perry is a professor in both the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Science (Department of Computer Science) at the University of Western Ontario and is currently a Visiting Fellow with the Law Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Law Society of Upper Canada, a Faculty Fellow at IBM’s Center for Advanced Studies, the Tremayne-Lloyd Law Fellow, a correspondent for the Computer Law and Security Report, and a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and the Association of Computer Machinery. He acts as a reviewer for multiple granting societies and professional associations.

Professor Perry’s research is focused on the nexus of law and science, both digital and biological, and in the area of autonomic computing system development. He has published widely in these areas. He holds grants from SSHRC and NSERC to pursue his research in law and science and has supervised numerous graduate and undergraduate theses. He has been invited by law schools in Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, to speak at research-intensive colloquia and to classes, and is frequently interviewed by international and local media for commentary on topical issues.

Gordon Renouf

Policy Director, Australian Consumers Association

Gordon Renouf is General Manager, Policy and Campaigns at the Australian Consumers’ Association, having joined in May 2005. CHOICE publishes consumer information and campaigns to improve the lives of consumers. Prior to joining ACA, Gordon worked for a range of non government organisations on consumer and legal issues including the as Director of the National Pro Bono Resource Centre and of the North Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service. In 2004 he lead a substantial project to develop a ‘whole of government’ Alcohol Framework for the Northern Territory Government. Gordon has served on a wide range of consumer and industry bodies including as convenor of the National Association of Community Legal Centres and as a Board member of the Finance Industry Complaints Service.

Rusty Russell

Linux Australia

Rusty Russell is a professional Linux and Free/Open Source Software programmer, employed in that capacity by various companies since 1997. He is also a well-established international keynote speaker on technical topics, founded the conference in 1998, and is Linux Australia IP Policy Adviser.

Brendan Scott

Open Source Law and Open Source Industry Australia

Brendan is the principal of Open Source Law, an ICT legal practice with a special focus on open source and customer copyright. Brendan has over 12 years of experience in ICT related legal issues. He is a director and founding member of Open Source Industry Australia Limited and is on the steering committee of the Australian Service for Knowledge of Open Source Software, a national focal point for advice, management, governance, storage and dissemination of Open Source Software (OSS) for research and higher education.

Alison Shames

State Copyright Manager, NSW Attorney General’s Department

Alison Shames is the State Copyright Manager for New South Wales. She is responsible for the development of a strategic approach to the State’s use and dissemination of copyright material, the negotiation of agreements for government copying, the conduct of copyright litigation, participation in Commonwealth copyright inquiries, and the licensing or assignment of Crown copyright material. Alison is currently developing guidelines for the licensing of Crown copyright material across the whole-of-government. Before starting with the Attorney General’s Department of New South Wales, Alison worked at John Fairfax Holdings Limited, where she provided strategic and legal advice for all divisions of the media company. Alison received a law degree from New York University School of Law and spent several years as a licensing lawyer in San Francisco before moving to Australia.

Alida Stanley

Senior Solicitor, Arts Law Centre of Australia

Alida Stanley joined Arts Law in the senior solicitor’s role in early 2006. Alida graduated from the University of NSW’s law school in 1997 and spent the last 5 years in New York in the top tier law firm, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Prior to heading overseas, Alida worked at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in their Telecommunications and Intellectual Property group for 2.5 years. Alida also has experience as a journalist and has worked in the management and production of independent music

Nic Suzor

Creative Commons Australia, PhD researcher, QUT Faculty of Law

Nic Suzor is a PhD student at QUT Law School, researching commons-based peer production and exploring legal issues and legitimate governance of virtual worlds. He is involved in several research projects including Creative Commons Australia; research into legal issues of Free and Open Source Software; and massively multiplayer online environments. Nic teaches jurisprudence in QUT's undergraduate law programme, and legal issues to journalism students in QUT's Creative Industries faculty.

Dilan Thampapillai

Associate Lecturer, QUT Faculty of Law

Dilan Thampapillai is an Associate Lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology. Dilan researches in intellectual property as part of the Open Access to Knowledge Law (OAKLAW) project under Professor Brian Fitzgerald. Dilan also lectures in intellectual property law and property law. Dilan previously worked for the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department where he advised on the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement, Crown Copyright, Fair Use and the Google print Library Project and other issue. Dilan has a Master of Laws degree from Cornell University.

Vanessa Tuckfield

Copyright Officer, Canberra Institute of Technology

Vanessa Tuckfield is the Copyright Officer at the Canberra Institute of Technology. She is responsible for the statutory licenses, providing policy advice and management of intellectual property. She teaches a range of intellectual property subjects across the Institute and lectures on IP issues in various industries to many more. Since 2004, she has worked with the Australian Flexible Learning Framework to develop the Copyright Kitchen and to help Vocational and Technical Education practitioners understand their legal obligations regarding copyright law. Previously Vanessa worked in publishing in the Commonwealth, and managed the administration of Commonwealth copyright.

Ray Warouw

Project Manager, ASK-OSS, MELCOE, Macquarie University

Ray is the Research Centre Manager for MELCOE. Ray has 15 years of professional software development experience in open source and proprietary environments spanning research, education and commercial industries. Ray is a partner in the "Unlocking IP - Expanding public rights and the public domain in Australian copyright" ARC project, and is active and participating in the arrangement of information events for the Australian open source community. He is also experienced in e-research and e-learning infrastructure design, construction and deployment.

Kimberlee Weatherall

Associate Director, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, University of Melbourne

Kimberlee Weatherall is the Associate Director (Law) at the Intellectual Property Institute of Australia, an interdisciplinary research centre based at the University of Melbourne comprising researchers from the Melbourne Law School, the Melbourne Business School and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. Kimberlee holds postgraduate degrees in law, specialising in intellectual property, from both Oxford and Yale University. She currently lectures at the Melbourne University Law School in intellectual property and information technology law. At IPRIA she leads research projects on intellectual property issues, in particular on IP Enforcement, digital copyright issues, patent litigation processes, and the impact of bilateral free trade agreements on the development of IP law.

Kim has published and spoken on a wide range of intellectual property issues, from indigenous interests in traditional designs, to the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement, and copyright in a digital age. Her commentary on intellectual property law has been cited by courts and Parliamentary Committees.



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