ADA Copyright Forum 2017: Fair Use, Flexibility and Exceptions for Creativity

24 February at the National Library of Australia


With the final report of the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Australia's IP Framework echoing the ALRC's recommendation to adopt fair use, debate on flexibility and the role of exceptions in our copyright system is set to dominate the copyright discussions in Australia in 2017.

This debate brings with it a lot of speculation - how does fair use actually operate? What would it mean for Australian users? What about creators - how do we design a system that meets all their needs? What are the global trends?

To answer these questions and more the ADA is bringing together experts from around the world - experts who have experience working with fair use and flexible copyright exceptions - for one day in Canberra on 24 February 2017.



With our largest line up of local and international speakers ever, confirmed participants include:

Karen Chester, Deputy Chair and Commissioner, Productivity Commission

Professor Patricia Aufderheide, University Professor, School of Communication, American University and Fulbright Scholar 2017

Professor Sean Flynn, Associate Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property Professorial Lecturer in Residence, American University

Professor Michael Geist, Chair of Internet & E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa

Professor Peter Jaszi, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic, American University

Professor Sang Jo Jong, Seoul National University, School of Law

Bill Patry, Senior Copyright Counsel, Google



The Australian Digital Alliance Forum is the peak event for discussion of creative, workable copyright reform options to promote a fairer copyright balance for creators and the broader public. With a range of speakers and panels, the Forum is a must for anyone interested in the present and future of copyright in Australia. 


Tickets start at $90 for members and $200 for earlybird non-members (until 20 January). For ticket sales see the event on Eventbrite.


9am-5pm 24 February at the National Library of Australia, Parkes ACT


The final program for the day is available online here. You can download a PDF with the full speakers details here.


The whole Forum was live streamed on the day, and the resulting videos are now available via our Youtube channel

Drinks & Book Launch

The night prior to the Forum, the ADA is proud to be hosting the launch of a new work from the ANU Press: What if we could reimagine Copyright? edited by Dr Rebecca Giblin and Kimberlee Weatherall, featuring Professor Peter Drahos (Director of the Centre for the Governance of Knowledge and Development) and Peter Martin (Economics Editor for The Age)

This free event will also serve as the pre-conference social drinks, giving you a chance to meet the speakers and your copyright peers. More details and RSVP available on Eventbrite.

Melbourne & Sydney Events

Not able to make it to Canberra? Check out the opportunities to see our speakers in Melbourne and Sydney. More events will be announced over the coming weeks.

Transport and Parking

There are several long-term paid parking lots near the library, including between Questacon and the lake. Action bus routes 2, 3, 6, 80 & 100 service the NLA, with a stop on Parkes way, and the blue rapid series of buses stop outside Albert Hall, a short walk away. Please see for more details. 

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