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AEShareNet Ltd
(principal industry supporter)

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Baker & McKenzie
(founding sponsor)

IBM Australia

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Linux Australia


Project Summary -
The "Unlocking IP" ARC-funded Research Project

This is a summary of the "Unlocking IP" research project. The 2005-2009 project is supported by a major ARC Linkage grant to a consortium of participants led by UNSW's Professor Graham Greenleaf, hosted at the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre, and supported by a range of industry partners (shown below).


The Australian Research Council made the Linkage grant in June 2005 for this major multidisciplinary research project led by Professor Graham Greenleaf of UNSW as first Chief Investigator. It involves five Industry Partners and a range of distinguished academic researchers and experts from around Australia.

A summary of the grant information appears below.

"Unlocking IP - Expanding public rights and the public domain in Australian copyright" (LP0562485)

This research investigates how Australia's digital commons, comprising both the public domain and public rights created by open content and open software licensing, can be expanded and protected. It focuses on 'self help' actions within the existing statutory context, in Australia's distinct legal and cultural context, and on comprehensiveness.

Its significance is that healthy commons-based production of information is essential to Australia as an innovative country and a democracy.

The principal outcomes will be better understood and more efficient public rights licences, incentives to copyright owners to create them, and technical aids to allow users to find commons content.

Prof GW Greenleaf; Prof MD Pendleton; Dr K Bowrey; Dr M Rimmer; Mr BC Mercurio; Prof BF Fitzgerald; Prof JP McKeough; Prof P Griffith; Mr P Chung; Prof J Dalziel; Mr I Oi; Mr PM Crisp.

  • 2005: $67,500
  • 2006: $145,000
  • 2007: $159,500
  • 2008: $82,000

Category: 3901 - LAW

APA(I) Award(s): 2 PhD stipends

Partner Organisations

  • AEShareNet Limited
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Linux Australia Inc.
  • Open Source Industry Australia Limited
  • IBM Australia Ltd
  • LAMS International Pty Ltd (withdrew December 2005)

Administering Institution: The University of New South Wales

This grant was announced in the document extracted below, at

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