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18 July Event: Blockchain: Hype or major disruptor? A copyright lawyers’ guide

Once a technology at the margins, known for underpinning the crypto currency Bitcoin, blockchain is rapidly moving into the mainstream.  Many commentators are predicting that it will spark a new wave of disruption in both online and offline sectors, although exactly how it will is not yet clear.  This hasn’t stopped Australia’s businesses rushing to pursue a blockchain strategy.

Join our panel as they provide a lively discussion about blockchain facts and the myths.

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18th Biennial Copyright Law & Practice Symposium

The hosts of Australia’s premier copyright conference are proud to bring you another Symposium that promises to inform, inspire and initiate conversation! Led by our keynote speaker, the Hon Justice Pierre N Leval of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the program will also include leaders from politics, industry, academia and the profession such as Dr Annabelle Bennet AO SC and Senator Jacqui Lambie.

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10 May Event: Parody and satire in Australian copyright and trade mark law

Over 10 years have now passed since the introduction of the fair dealing parody or satire exceptions into the Copyright Act, yet while parody and satire abound, there has notably been no judicial consideration of these provisions.  Meanwhile, some trade mark applicants are seeking to register “parody” trade marks.   How are parody and satire being dealt with by rights holders, brand owners and creators?  What are the legal and policy issues involved?

Join our panel of creative and legal minds for a discussion of the issues of parody and satire in both copyright and trade mark law.

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14 March Event: A fair fight? Sports rights, streaming and social media

The recent unauthorised streaming of Foxtel’s broadcast of the Mundine v Green fight on Facebook Live has thrust the issue of sports rights, streaming and social media into the spotlight. Join our panel for an engaging discussion on how social media is impacting sports broadcasters, copyright owners and fans in Australia in 2017. The panel will consider the position under the existing law, but also how the recent recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry could play into these issues, if enacted.

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CSA AGM 2017- Meeting Notice

Tuesday, 21st March at 5:00pm

Please click here for nomination forms & further information

2017 Memberships Available

Become a member of the Copyright Society of Australia be part of our vibrant copyright community and unlock a large number of unique benefits.

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End of Year Celebratory Drinks- 6th December, 2016

The Copyright Society of Australia and Ashurst are pleased to invite you to attend the Society’s End of Year celebratory drinks to be held on Ashurst’s rooftop terrace on Tuesday 6 December. John Watson and Bill Cullen will share their views on the current state of the music and copyright industries as we near the end of 2016; their predictions for 2017; and perhaps even an anecdote or two from their experience working with some of the biggest names in Australian music over the past 20 years.

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Sitting Comfortably? The overlap of copyright and industrial design- 23rd November, 2016

This exclusive event with internationally renowned designers David Trubridge & Adam Goodrum, joined by Dr Brandon Gien CEO of Good Design Australia and Senator, ICSID – World Design Organization and Craig Finlayson, Assistant Director – Trade Marks & Designs, IP Australia will explore the often fraught world of copyright and design laws. We will also look at recent commentary from the Productivity Commission’s investigation into intellectual property.

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Copyright and International Law – Emerging issues

Join John Fairbairn, partner of MinterEllison’s intellectual property team, as he hosts a panel discussion with international law experts; Mark Jennings, Caroline Morgan & Kimberlee Weatherall on Monday the 12th of September.

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First function for 2016

The Copyright Society is hosting its first function for 2016 immediately following the AGM. The function is titled Everything you need to know about the Copyright Amendment (Disability and Other Measures) Bill 2016 and will feature a speaker from the Department of Communications and the Arts explaining the Bill, followed by a panel discussion.

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We hope to see you there.


CSA 2016 Annual General Meeting

The Copyright Society of Australia's 2016 Annual General Meeting was held at 4.30pm at Gilbert + Tobin, Level 37, 2 Park Street, Sydney.


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CSA End of Year Event 2015

On 10 December the CSA held its end of year event with drinks and a special guest speaker, The Hon Justice Nye Perram.
The event was hosted at Minter Ellison 40 Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

2015 Copyright Law and Practice Symposium - Building a Fairer Framework for the Future

The Copyright Society of Australia and the Australian Copyright Council hosted the 17th Biennial Copyright Law & Practice Symposium on 22 and 23 October 2015 at the National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.

The Symposium looked at key themes including:

  • The copyright policy agenda in Australia, Europe & North America
  • What is happening at WIPO
  • Copyright industries and digital disruption
  • Recent case law and issues for practitioners


    Speakers included:

    • Former IP Advisor to the British Prime Minister, Mike Weatherley
    • Jon Baumgarten, former General Counsel US Copyright Office and leading US attorney
    • Dr Eleonora Rosati, Southampton Law School, Director, E-LAWnora and blogger for the IPKat and 1709 Blog
    • Industry leaders such as Richard Finlayson and Jane Perrier
    • Many other learned practitioners, policy makers and academics from Australia and overseas


    The program is available. Click this link for a copy of the program.

    Symposium papers will be published in the Copyright Reporter.

    Dr Kevin Lindgren student prize

    The Kevin Lindgren Prize for the Best Student Presentation on Copyright offers students at all levels and their universities the opportunity to engage with copyright professionals. The winning student receives $2000 in prize money and membership of the Society for a year. The prize is named in recognition of Dr Kevin Lindgren, a former judge of the Federal Court and a former President of the Copyright Tribunal of Australia.

    The winner for the 2015 Kevin Lindgren Prize was Rochelle Hodge.

    Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting of the Copyright Society of Australia was held at 5pm on 26 March 2015 at the offices of Allens, Level 28, Deutsche Bank Place, 126 Phillip Street, Sydney. For meeting documents, visit the Annual General Meeting page.

    Government releases ALRC Report

    The Attorney-General has tabled the ALRC Report into Copyright and the Digital Agenda. See the News Alert from the Australian Copyright Council.

    2014 Copyright Law and Practice Symposium

    The papers from the Copyright Law and Practice Symposium held on 12 - 14 March 2014, will be published in the Copyright Reporter.

    About us

    The Copyright Society of Australia is a not-for-profit society, dedicated to the study of copyright law and related matters. The Society is an independent organisation and does not seek to represent the interests of any particular special interest group. The members of the Society are copyright professionals.

    The Society runs 5 or 6 functions a year on a variety of copyright-related topics.

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    If you're looking for information about copyright in Australia, contact the Australian Copyright Council.