Juggling our ALRC Copyright Inquiry submission in one hand and the program for an exciting 2013 ADA forum in the other, it's full steam ahead here at ADA HQ! In this post we're pleased to be bringing you more information about our 2013 forum theme, a sneak peak at a few of the speakers we've got lined up and, most importantly, details on how you can purchase your ticket.
'Embracing the Digital Economy: creative copyright for a creative nation'
Friday 1 March 2013, 8:45am – 4:30pm
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
(* pre-conference drinks 28 February TBC)
ADA Members $60 per ticket, non-members $150 (until Feb 8th 2013), with $200 standard registration
To purchase your tickets:
- ADA Members – place your orders directly through firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase your tickets at membership rate
- Non-Members – pay online using your credit card here
About the 2013 ADA Forum
The 3rd annual ADA copyright forum explores a variety of ways in which individuals, institutions and companies are creatively engaging with copyright works in Australia. It examines progressive options for copyright reform to support a burgeoning digital innovation culture, balanced alongside the interests of creators. There'll be stimulating discussion, spirited debate and some digital innovation show n' tell as part of what promises to be an important year in Australian copyright law reform, with the Australian Law Reform Commission due to deliver their Report on Copyright and the Digital Economy to Government in November 2013.
The forum takes as its starting point a recent speech by EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, reflecting on profound changes to creation and distribution in the digital age:
“Back then, creation and distribution were in the hands of the few. Now they are in the hands of everyone: democratising innovation, empowering people to generate and exchange ideas, supporting and stimulating huge creativity.
And now let's remind ourselves what our objectives as policymakers should be for the creative sector:
We should help artists live from their art. Stimulate creativity and innovation. Improve consumer choice. Promote our cultural heritage. And help the sector drive economic growth.
We can't look at copyright in isolation: you have to look at how it fits into the real world. So let's ask ourselves: how well is the current system achieving those objectives, in the world we live in today?”
- Creators, consumers, samplers, sharers – what exciting things are happening online? What’s the best way to ensure copyright is being respected and protected? Does the existing copyright framework respect consumer interests?
- Cultural intermediaries – how are Australian cultural institutions innovating with their collections online? How are educational institutions engaging with their students in the digital environment?
- Business innovators – managing copyright risk – do existing copyright laws present a hostile regulatory environment for innovation?
- Legislators, policy makers, judiciary – taking copyright laws from principle to policy to law – looking at technology neutrality, the philosophy of copyright, balancing various interests – where should the balance be?
 Neelie Kroes, ‘Copyright and Innovation in the Creative Industries’, Media Release 10 September 2012 http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-12-592_en.htm