Creative Commons Australia is hosted by the IP Research Program at Queensland University of Technology School of Law. The current project leads are Professor Tom Cochrane and Dr Nicolas Suzor. Since its launch in 2005, CC Australia has been a collaborative project, and we are grateful for the generous support of a large body of staff, volunteers, alumni, and friends.

Professor Tom Cochrane, Project Lead

Professor Tom Cochrane

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.

Website/Blog Technology, Information and Learning Support, QUT.

Professor Brian Fitzgerald

Professor Brian Fitzgerald

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).

Twitter @bfitzgerald7

Dr Anne Fitzgerald

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,_Anne.html) Anne has served terms as a member of Australia’s two principal federal government-appointed standing advisory committees on intellectual property: the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) and the Copyright Law Review Committee’s Expert Advisory Group. She was a consultant to the review of Australia’s innovation system (Venturous Australia: Building strength in innovation (2008)) and was commissioned by the Government 2.0 Taskforce to write a report on copyright (see “Engage: Getting on with Government 2.0” (2009)).

Twitter @AnneMFitzgerald

Neale Hooper

Neale Hooper

Started: 2007. Neale Hooper LLM, LLB, BA (Qld) was the principal lawyer for the Queensland Government’s Government Information Licensing Framework (GILF) Project, leading the legal work on the project from its inception in 2005. The objective of the GILF project was the development of a legal framework to facilitate increased online access to, and reuse of, public sector information, in a legally effective manner, including by the use of standardized open content licences, particularly Creative Commons (CC) licences. Neale is a leading IP and ICT lawyer with over 20 years experience with the Queensland Government’s Crown Law Office (in the Department of Justice and Attorney General), providing specialist law services in these areas. From 2005, Neale was seconded to several Queensland Government departments (including Queensland Treasury, Natural Resources and Water (now DERM) and Public Works) to work on the development and implementation of GILF. For 3 years (2007-2010), Neale collaborated with QUT-based legal researchers and academics on the project ‘Enabling Real-Time Information Access in Both Urban and Regional Areas’ (funded through the CRC for Spatial Information). Neale graduated in law from the University of Queensland and has a Master of Laws from that university. He has been an adjunct Lecturer at QUT Law School since 2003, teaching in various subjects relating to intellectual property law, internet and e-commerce law and techology contracts.


Nicolas Suzor, Project Lead

Nicolas Suzor
Started: January 2005
Dr Nicolas Suzor is a Senior Lecturer in the Law School at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and a Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. His current research examines commons-based models for the production of cultural goods, including collective-action open access models, free and open source software, creative commons, and crowdfunding. Nic 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.
Twitter @nicsuzor

Cheryl Foong

Cheryl Foong
Started: 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).

Twitter @cherylfoong

Elliott Bledsoe

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.

Twitter @elliottbledsoe
Facebook /elliottbledsoe

Kylie Pappalardo

Started: March 2006. Kylie Pappalardo is a PhD candidate in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI). Her thesis investigates the role and regulation of copyright intermediaries in the digital economy. Kylie holds a Bachelor of Laws degree with first class honours and a Bachelor of Creative Writing degree from QUT. From 2010 to 2011, Kylie completed a Masters of Law degree at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Kylie currently sits on the board of Youth Arts Queensland (YAQ).

Twitter @kyles_p

Suzannah Wood

Suzannha Wood
Suzannah Wood is a fellow of the QUT IP & Innovation Law research program, where she works on the Creative Commons Australia project and researches at the intersection of cyberlaw, intellectual property, free speech and media law. She has professional experience in public policy, freedom of information, journalism, and community legal practice. Suzannah is also an advanced Mandarin speaker.

Sophie Kannemeyer

Sophie Kannemeyer is a Bachelor of Laws and Creative Industries student with QUT who is set to graduate in 2015. Sophie is passionate about intellectual property law and aspires to be an Intellectual Property Lawyer. She was an intern at Creative Commons Australia for the first half of 2014, where she helped with the website overhaul and undertook an audit of CC AU’s information resources. Sophie has also undertaken an internship at a Brisbane based entertainment and commercial law firm.

Nerida Quatermass, Project Manager

Nerida Quatermass

Nerida is the University Copyright Officer at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She is a subject specialist law librarian, a member of the Australian Law Librarian’s Association and the University Copyright Network

Core staff, prior and current

Fellows & Interns


  • Jimmy Ti
  • Isha Bywaters
  • Emma Carroll
  • Rachel Cobcroft
  • Jessica Coates
  • Kelsey Lancaster
  • Ian Oi
  • Ashleigh Nother