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Melbourne speakers

Chris Chinchilla Chris Chinchilla, Publisher, Aduki Independent Press

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Chris Chinchilla runs Chinchilla Media is based in Melbourne, Australia. Chinchilla Media is home to Aduki Independent Press and Green Renters. Is is also a well seasoned expert in Drupal, CiviCRM, community organisations, social networking and multimedia.

Website/Blog Aduki Twitter @adukipress Facebook Aduki Independent Press

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Andrew Garton Andrew Garton, Strategic Development and Operations, EngageMedia

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Independent producer, composer and media artist. Currently artist in residence at Dunmoochin, Cottles Bridge, Victoria, where he is completing the open video micro-docs series, Sarawak Gone. Andrew has an MA in New Media Arts and is secretary of the executive board of the Association for Progressive Communications.

Website/Blog EngageMedia Twitter @EngageMedia Website/Blog agarton.org

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John Jacobs John Jacobs, Open Media Designer, ABC Pool and The Night Air, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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John is a Media designer at the ABC. He co-produced the popular Triple Jay news theme and helped start podcasting at the ABC. He has an ongoing experimental arts practice and a background in community media being part of the team that laid the foundations for the indymedia citizen journalism movement.

He now produces Radio National’s audio adventure The Night Air and is developing Pool, a Govt 2.0 Innovations Award winning website where social media meets public broadcasting.

The project aims to test and research new IP and editorial scenarios and feeds these learnings back into ABC legal and rights management departments. Pool has enabled the first release of ABC archival and news materials for reuse under CC open rights frameworks and is working with the NLA to enable citizen direct publishing into their databases.

Website/Blog ABC Pool Twitter @ABCPool

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Ajax McKerral Ajax McKerral, Project Manager, Ping

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Ajax is the project manager for Pingmusic.com.au. He trained as a Jazz drummer at the Canberra School of music in the early 90’s as well as studying music technology at La Trobe University. He set up the London Symphony Orchestra‘s digital education program while working as their Digital Projects Manager. Moving back to Melbourne in late 2007 he set up a consultancy in the arts, education and technology. He has become a Linux, WordPress, BuddyPress expert of late, enjoys making music on various digital devices, and is a big fan of the Creative Commons.

Website/Blog Ping

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Blaise Murphet Blaise Murphet, Copyright and External Liaison Manager, PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication

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Blaise Murphet is the Copyright and External Liaison Manager for PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication. Blaise is also currently completing his MA in Global Media and Communication at the University of Melbourne, where his research focuses on ensuring community access to new media technologies.

Website/Blog PLATFORM Twitter @PlatformJMC Facebook Platform JMC

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Justin Schmidt Justin Schmidt, Producer, Digital Fringe

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Justin Schmidt is interested in ways of mixing art and technology, adding a sprinkling of social justice and a dash of commerce. He works as a CCD media artist and runs Horse Bazaar, a multi faceted business that has its fingers in lots of pies; producing Digital Fringe for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, hosting and developing a diverse range of art installations as well as developing media delivery systems and content aggregation.

Website/Blog Digital Fringe Twitter @digitalfringeau Facebook/digitalfringe

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Perth speakers

Robert Cunningham Assistant Professor Robert Cunningham, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia

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Throughout his career, Robert has engaged with the law in his capacity as both solicitor and academic. As a legal practitioner his efforts have largely concentrated on the provision of legal information, court advocacy and education within the Community Legal Centre sector. In academia his pursuits have primarily focused on the manner in which the law interfaces with corporate accountability, international economics and trade, intellectual property rights and open source innovation. He is currently working towards a doctorate in the latter field of endeavour.

Robert presently lectures in Corporations Law and Intellectual Property, and is Unit Coordinator of International Trade Law and Corporate Finance & Securities Regulation within the UWA Faculty of Law. He is also Unit Coordinator in Commercial & Company Law within the Masters of Professional Accounting program at the UWA Business School.

Website/Blog Faculty of Law, UWA

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Tama Leaver Dr Tama Leaver, Lecturer in Internet Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University of Technology

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Tama Leaver is a lecturer in Internet Communications at Curtin University. He is a long-time advocate of Creative Commons licenses in education, arguing that they are an outstanding tool to help educate and empower students in the digital age. Tama researches social media, digital content distribution, and the changing and the changing nature of film and television (amongst other things). More than you could ever want to know about Tama, including his blog, can be found at www.tamaleaver.net.

Website/Blog Curtin University of Technology Website/Blog tamaleaver.net Twitter @tamaleaver

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Jake Steele Jake Steele, Label Manager, Slow Release, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University

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Jake Steele is a current student in the Bachelor of Music: Music Technology course at WAAPA and an active musician, who performs and produces on a regular basis. He has collaborated/lent his music to short films and documentaries, composed music for the 3rd year student dance choreographies (BLITZ ECU Dance Show) for the last 3 years, and also been the ECU Fashion Show Sound and Music Coordinator for the past 2 years. Jake has also made his foray into interactive sound art installations combining the acoustic sounds of scrap metal with processed electronics to create a truly unique experience.

Jake is a member of Injured Ninja, one of the premier experimental noise rock bands emerging out of Perth. Defying genres the band has gone from strength to strength in recent years and toured to Japan in February 2009. They also made their first venture to the east coast of Australia in December 2009, which was followed by their first Single Release in January 2010 as part of a Split 12” Vinyl  (with fellow psychedelic rockers French Rockets), that went on to take out the prestigious ‘WAMi Most Popular Single/EP’ award topping much more prolific major label artists. The ninjas are now preparing to release their debut full-length album that was recorded in June with the assistance of a WA Department of Culture and Arts production grant.

Jake is also one of the founding members of Pineapple Lounge Records, which is a collective that was started to help push the advancement of local undiscovered electronic producers. Since its relatively recent inception, Pineapple Lounge has secured a monthly night showcasing the freshest local talent at the Velvet Lounge, which includes Jake’s alias Yarhkob who produces energetic dance music in the vein of dark drum and bass. He is currently working on a solo full-length album and continues to push himself in all areas of music.

Website/Blog Slow Release Twitter @waapamusic

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Sydney speakers

Paula Bray Paula Bray, Manager, Visual and Digitisation Services, Powerhouse Museum

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Paula Bray is the Manager of the Visual and Digitisation Services department at the Powerhouse Museum that includes: Photography, The Image Resource Centre, The Photo Library and Rights and Permissions and Audio Visuals.  Paula is responsible for managing the digital collections to the highest standard whilst coordinating photographic and AV projects for exhibitions, publications, events and the website.  Paula runs a blog for the Museum called Photo of the Day and manages the Museum’s two Flickr accounts and numerous public groups. Paula has also worked as a photographer in the Arts for many years including: the Art Gallery of NSW, The State Library of NSW and The Australian National Maritime Museum.  Paula has worked as a freelance photographer and had several exhibitions of her work including a solo show at Blender Gallery in 2007.  Her work has been collected by the College of Fine Arts and private collectors.  Paula studied photography at the College of Fine Arts for 5 years doing a Bachelor of Art and a Master of Art whilst also receiving the Agfa Gevaert award for the most innovative use of photography.

Website/Blog Powerhouse Museum Facebook /powerhousemuseum

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No one Delia Browne, National Copyright Director, Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs

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Delia is the National Copyright Director ,Copyright Advisory Group of Australian Schools and Technical and Further Education Institutes(TAFEs). Delia is an extremely experienced intellectual property lawyer. In her current role, Delia manages the National Copyright Unit which provides specialist copyright advice to the education sector and conducts negotiations with collecting societies on behalf of schools and TAFE institutes. Prior to her current role, Delia worked at law firm Minter Ellison providing specialist copyright advice to the education and media/entertainment sectors .

Delia is a strong advocate of the open education movement and has actively participated in several international meetings and projects on promoting open resources, technology and teaching practices in education. Delia works closely with Creative Commons Australia and CC learn in promoting open education in Australia.

She is one of the co founders of Peer 2 Peer University. She is the Vice Chair of the Australian Centre of Photography and on the boards of iCommons and the Television Sydney Foundation.

Website/Blog MCEECDYA Website/Blog Smart Copying

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Bernard de Broglio Bernard de Broglio, Internet Coordinator, Mosman Municipal Council

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Mosman Council utilises a range of sharing technologies to better inform and engage with constituents. Creative Commons is an important part of that strategy, and is recommended in policy adopted by the Council last year as the preferred licence for Council’s materials. Bernard’s personal interest in the social aspect of network communications was sparked by FidoNet and the Sydney BBS (Bulletin Board System) scene of the late 80s and early 90s. That early promise – of new forms of participation online – is now being realised.

Website/Blog Mosman Council Twitter @mosmancouncil

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Jonathon Hutchinson Jonathon Hutchinson, ABC Pool, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Jonathon Hutchinson is a community manager for ABC Pool, the user-generated content site for the ABC. This position forms a component of his PhD research investigating the challenges and opportunities by incorporating UGC and its communities into the publishing practices of the ABC. He is an external PhD candidate at the QUT ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation embedded at the ABC in Ultimo. He is an avid Creative Commons supporter demonstrated through his professional and creative practices. With a video editing background, Jonathon has worked as a remix artist for several years now, repurposing material published under a CC license. He is excited by the possibilities of co-creating new meanings through collaboration on rich media text projects.

Website/Blog ABC Pool Twitter @ABCPool

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Brisbane speakers

Andrew Ward Andrew Davies, Acting Executive Producer, ABC Pool and Co-producer, Future Tense, Radio National, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Andrew Davies is currently the acting Executive Producer of the ABC’s Pool site. In addition to his work on Pool Andrew is also the co-producer of ABC Radio National’s ‘Future Tense’ program, which looks at ‘new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking’.

Prior to that he produced such diverse Radio National programs as the Media Report and the Sports Factor. In 2007 he won the best radio prize at the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards.

Andrew is passionate about social media and when he’s not working he seems to spend most of his life online. Luckily for him he gets to call that research!

Website/Blog ABC Pool Twitter @ABCPool

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No one Rami Olwan, Co-Project Lead, Creative Commons Jordan and PhD candidate, QUT Faculty of Law

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Rami Olwan is completing an Australian Government PhD scholarship at Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Law, Australia, under the supervision of Professor Brian Fitzgerald. He is also a research fellow at the ARC Center of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation and Project Lead of Creative Commons Jordan.

Website/Blog olwan.org

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Skye Reeve Skye Reeve, Co-project Manager, etcc

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Skye Reeve is a graduate of the Creative Commons Clinic at Queensland University of Technology and is interested in pursuing a career in Intellectual Property Law. Due to her long engagement in the arts community and involvement in developing a number of visual art shows she chose to focus her major research project for the Clinic on visual arts as a slow sector within Creative Commons and the potential benefits CC-usage may have for visual artists, particularly with respect to appropriation and collaboration.

Website/Blog etcc.tv Twitter @etccetra

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Sean Scott Sean Scott (aka Aged Music), Remix artist

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Sean Scott is audio visual artist and producer. An original artist and avid remixer under the moniker of FiShHeaD, he has previously remixed content of ambiguous origins. Since joining the ABC Pool, firstly as a contributor and then as a Community Editor, he has been shown the light that is the Commons, recanted his old methodology and is now an ardent proponent of the reuse and manipulation of mixed CC content, producing uniquely stylised combinations of audio, video and animation.

Website/Blog ABC Pool (profile)

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Adelaide speakers

No one John Barrett, State Strategic Water Information Coordinator, Government of South Australia

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John Barrett’s current position is jointly funded as a partnership between the Australian Government through the Bureau of Meteorology and the South Australian Government. He is responsible for the coordination of multiple water management agencies  to deliver high quality water information to the nation, governments, industry and the community. In this role, John works closely with the Bureau of Meteorology, the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, South Australian government and industry organisations and other states and territory bodies in providing strategic coordination and brokerage services and program investment advice.

Website/BlogGovernment of South Australia

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Gavin Artz Gavin Artz, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Network for Art and Technology

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Gavin Artz is CEO of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) where he manages a team that deliver national and international projects spanning creative innovation, science and technology.  With experience in business management ranging from multi-national companies, to not-for-profit community organisations, Gavin has developed a focus on strategy, governance and creative commercialisation.  His diverse background crosses arts and commerce – with a BA in Politics, Double Bass and Composition Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and an MBA from the University of South Australia. Gavin has written and presented on IP and creative commercialisation both in Australia and internationally and developed the concept of Ancillary IPs.

Website/Blog ANAT Twitter @__ANAT

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Daniel Feuerriegel Daniel Feuerriegel, Wholesale Meat Direct

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Daniel Feuerriegel is a musician, event organiser and member of Tokyo based record label Color-Music. Based in Adelaide he co-operates a Creative Commons record store with the directors of label Wholesale Meat Music to foster a community of local artists and encourage a multifaceted look at independent music activity that does not simply focus on money.

Website/Blog Wholesale Meat Direct Facebook /wholesalemeatdirect

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Pru Mitchell Pru Mitchell, Senior Education Officer, Education Services Australia

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Pru is a teacher and librarian, currently working as Senior Education Officer at Education Services Australia. She is active in education professional associations, presenting workshops on elearning and highlighting open education resources.

Website/Blog Education Services Australia Twitter @pru

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Rhys Moult Rhys Moult, Web Development Project Leader, City of Salisbury

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Rhys is currently working at the City of Salisbury as the Web Development Project Leader and is keen to implement Creative Commons licensing and open data in the new site to meet some of the recommendations of the Government 2.0 Taskforce. Rhys also runs his own business and has licensed his business website as “CC BY” and has reused CC content for several web based projects for his business and for university studies.

Website/Blog City of Salisbury Website/Blog We-Learn Twitter @rhysatwork

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Jamie Seyfang Jamie Seyfang, Wholesale Meat Direct

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Jamie is involved as a performer in a range of local bands, most of which are under the label Wholesale Meat Music. He is interested in finding an audience for DIY music projects online, by word of mouth and through live performances. Jamie also studies Music Technology at the University of Adelaide.

Website/Blog Wholesale Meat Direct Facebook /wholesalemeatdirect

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Jacob Simionato Jacob Simionato, Wholesale Meat Direct

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Jacob Simionato has been recording local bands in commandeered suburban lounge rooms for several years, and enjoys the community spirit of self-sufficient music production and distribution. In recent times he has attempted to learn to use a real studio through study at the University of Adelaide, but will surely return to domestic spaces on graduation.

Website/Blog Wholesale Meat Direct Facebook /wholesalemeatdirect

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Hobart speakers

Peter Shanks Peter Shanks, Tasmanian Toolbox Champion, Skills Tasmania

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Peter is currently living and working in Tasmania as their toolbox champion, helping vocational education trainers use online and web 2.0 techonologies for course delivery. Prior to that he was an IT Teacher in Bathurst, NSW; specialising in web development using open source technologies. He has also worked as a web developer and programmer and continues to create online tools. For example, flickrCC a search engine for locating creative commons licensed images; wapipedia.org a mobile phone freindly version of the wikpedia; and training o2 a site that presents units of competency in a variety of user-friendly formats.

Website/Blog Flexible Learning Toolboxs

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Melinda Standish Melinda Standish, Writer, Roar Film

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Melinda writes for Roar Film, the acclaimed Tasmanian film and multimedia production company, and its education arm Roar Educate.  In recent years she has researched and written content, and developed learning designs for Roar’s school modules, Celebrating Us (Who We Are and What We Do) developed in partnership with the London Grid for Learning;  Us Online, cyber-safety and digital citizenship modules for students K-10 (BETT Award finalist, UK);  and Budd:e E-Security Builder, modules for Years 3 and 9, for the Department of Broadband Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) which won the Best Children’s Interactive Media at the 2010 AIMIA Awards.

Website/Blog Roar Film Twitter @RoarEducate

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Neale Hooper Neale Hooper, Program Manager, Government Information Licensing Framework Implementation Strategy, Queensland Government

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Neale Hooper is the principal lawyer for the Queensland Government’s Government Information Licensing Framework (GILF) Project and has led the project’s legal work since its inception in 2005. Neale was recently appointed to the position of Program Manager of GILF Implementation Strategy. Neale is a leading IP and ICT lawyer with over 20 years experience with Queensland Crown Law, providing specialist law services in these areas. Neale was recently a lead researcher on the CRC-Spatial Information Project ‘Enabling Real-Time Information Access in Both Urban and Regional Areas’. Neale has a Master of Laws from University of Queensland, and has been an adjunct lecturer at QUT Law School since 2003.

Website/Blog GILF

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Elliott Bledsoe Elliott Bledsoe

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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.

Website/Blog elliottbledsoe.com Twitter @elliottbledsoe Facebook /elliottbledsoe

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Anne Fitzgerald Professor Anne Fitzgerald

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Anne Fitzgerald is a Brisbane-based intellectual property and e-commerce lawyer. She is a Professor in Law Research at QUT Law School where she is involved in research on several projects including the OAK Law (Open Access to Knowledge – Law) project, the Legal Framework for e-Research project and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information.

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 of London (1989). She graduated in law from the University of Tasmania (LLB(Hons) 1984 and Grad. Dip. Welfare Law 1987), after first completing a social work degree at the University of Queensland (BSW 1977). She is a member of the Queensland Bar with a current practising certificate; she has also been admitted to legal practice in Victoria (Barrister and Solicitor, 1990) and Tasmania (Practitioner, 1985).

Anne has an extensive background in the areas of intellectual property law, internet and e-commerce law, international trade law and natural resources law. From 1991 she has taught subjects in these areas at several universities (including QUT, University of Tasmania and Macquarie University). Current teaching commitments at QUT include the LLM subjects Patent Law & Commercialisation, Electronic Commerce Law and the undergraduate law subject Internet Law.

Anne has served terms as a member of Australia’s two principal federal government-appointed standing advisory committees on intellectual property: she was a member of the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) which advises IP Australia from 1996 to 1999 and, as a member of the Copyright Law Review Committee’s Expert Advisory Group (1995 to 1998), participated in the CLRC’s major review (“the simplification reference”) of the Copyright Act. From 2004 to 2007 she was a member of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries’ Intellectual Property Advisory Group convened by that Department’s Director-General.

Website/Blog School of Law, QUT Twitter @fitzgeam

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Professor Brian Fitzgerald Professor Brian Fitzgerald

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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 and from January 2002 – January 2007 was Head of the School of Law at QUT in Brisbane. He is currently a specialist Research Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation at QUT.

Website/Blog School of Law, QUT Twitter @bfitzgerald7

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