|Professor Tom Cochrane, Co-Project Lead|
Started: January 2005
Professor Tom Cochrane is the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In this position Professor Cochrane headed a Division combining the services of the Libraries, Information Technology Services, eLearning Services, Learning Environments and Technology Services and QUT Printing Services in the one structure. The organisation comprises approximately 480 equivalent full time staff and oversees an annual expenditure in excess of $50 million, to support a full range of information and technology services as well as learning and academic support for QUT’s teaching and research activities.
Professor Cochrane’s roles include: Chair, Australian Libraries’ Copyright Committee; Chair, Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council; Director, Australian Digital Alliance and Director, Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation. He is also a member of the National Research Infrastructure Council and a member of the Publications Board of the CSIRO.
He is co-leader of the Creative Commons project for which QUT is the institutional partner for Australia. This project, together with other open access initiatives locally based at QUT, signal a long standing commitment to access to knowledge, and to research output worldwide.
|Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Co-Project Lead|
Started: January 2004 – February 2012
Brian Fitzgerald studied law at the Queensland University of Technology graduating as University Medallist in Law and holds postgraduate degrees in law from Oxford University and Harvard University.
He is a well-known Intellectual Property and Information Technology/Internet lawyer who has pioneered the teaching of Internet/Cyber Law in Australia. He has published articles on Intellectual Property and Internet Law 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) and Internet and Ecommerce Law (2007). Over the past eight years Brian has delivered seminars on Information Technology, Internet and Intellectual Property law in Australia, Canada, China, Brazil, New Zealand, USA, Nepal, India, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Norway, Croatia and the Netherlands.
His current projects include work on intellectual property issues across the areas of Copyright, Digital Content and the Internet, Copyright and the Creative Industries in China, Open Content Licensing and the Creative Commons, Free and Open Source Software, Research Use of Patents, Science Commons, e-Research, Licensing of Digital Entertainment and Anti-Circumvention Law. He has organised numerous conferences on Intellectual Property and Internet Law in Australia, is a regular speaker at international and national conferences and has made a number of significant submissions to government in the area of Internet and IP Law.
From 1998-2002 Brian was Head of the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia. From January 2002 to January 2007 Brian was Head of the School of Law at QUT in Brisbane; from 2007 to 2012 he was a specialist Research Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation at QUT, leading QUT’s research activities in this area. Since March 2012 he has been the Executive Dean of Law at the Australian Catholic University (ACU).
|Dr Anne Fitzgerald Started: 2007|
Dr Anne Fitzgerald is a Barrister with experience in intellectual property and e-commerce law. From 2008 to 2014 she was a Professor at QUT Law School where she taught, supervised higher degree research students and was involved in several major research projects (notably the Open Access to Knowledge (OAK Law) project). Anne has a JSD degree from Columbia University, New York (2002) a LLM degree from Columbia University (1992) and a LLM (International Business Law) from the University College, University of London (1989). She is a member of the Queensland Bar and has also been admitted to legal practice in Victoria and Tasmania.
Anne has an extensive background in the areas of intellectual property law, internet and e-commerce law and international trade law. Since 1991 she has taught subjects in these areas at several universities and has delivered addresses at many conferences in Australia and overseas. At QUT she taught the LLM subject Patent Law & Commercialisation and the WIPO Intellectual Property Masters subject Patents and Biotechnological Inventions.
From 2005, Anne worked on the Government Information Licensing Framework (GILF) project in collaboration with Queensland Government legal and information management experts. She was a lead researcher on legal and policy issues for the CRC-Spatial Information project (2007-2010) that investigated the use of Creative Commons licences on public sector copyright materials. Since 2007 Anne has been the project lead for Creative Commons Australia’s engagement with the Australian public sector and has overseen the adoption of CC licences as the default copyright licence for public sector materials.
Anne has published widely on intellectual property and internet law. A recent book is ”Internet and E-commerce Law, Business and Policy”, Thomson Reuters, Sydney (2011). (For other publications see http://eprints.qut.edu.au/
|Nicolas Suzor, Project Officer|
Started: January 2005
Dr Nicolas Suzor is a researcher in intellectual property and technology law. His research interests focus on the emerging relations of power that are created and reinforced by networked technologies. Nic is a Lecturer in the law school at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, where he teaches intellectual property, internet law, constitutional law, open content licensing, and jurisprudence in the law school’s undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Nic has published broadly in copyright and technology law issues, including graduated response schemes, parody and satire in copyright, legal issues associated with free software, and the legitimate governance of virtual communities.
|Cheryl FoongStarted: March 2009|
Cheryl is a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Master of Laws (Intellectual Property and Technology Law) graduate from QUT. She completed a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and is admitted as a solicitor of the Queensland Supreme Court. In 2013-2014 Cheryl is completing a Masters of Laws at Columbia University, New York.
Cheryl has a keen interest in intellectual property and internet laws, and the impact these laws have on our knowledge and culture. Cheryl has written several publications focussing on CC-related topics (including CC business models and tort liability for CC licensed public sector information), co-authored the CC & Government Guide, and organised and presented at several CC Australia seminars.
From 2010-2012 Cheryl coordinated the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic (a pro bono legal advice and referral service run in Brisbane).
|Elliott Bledsoe Started: January 2005|
When Elliott is not busy talking up Creative Commons somewhere in Australia he is busy doing one of the following: trying to finish his Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts and his Masters of Arts; is viewing, pondering, discussing or writing about some arts event or project in the local or national arts scene; or he’s drinking gin (sometimes a combination thereof).He is the founder and editor of POPCULT, a blog of un/popular culture. He is also the Secretary of Youth Arts Queensland, which promotes, advocates and provides access to the arts for young people in Queensland and is on the Board of Metro Arts, a performing and visual arts venue in the heart of Brisbane.