Check out the program for the ADA Copyright Forum 2021!

We have just released the program for this years' virtual Forum.

There is just under one month to go before the ADA’s first ever virtual copyright forum. This year, the ADA Copyright Forum will focus on the issue of ACCESS. How has the pandemic affected users accessing content remotely and what are the changes needed to address these challenges? How do we adapt our copyright laws to suit an increasingly digital world? Over a period of two weeks between Tuesday 27 April and Friday 7 May 2021 we will be addressing these questions with our speakers.

Of course, this years’ forum comes as the Government is considering the introduction of changes to Australia’s copyright system to better support online access to content. Recent flooding causing the closure of schools across NSW, as well as snap lockdowns across several states this year reminds us that while most of Australia returns to a ‘COVID-normal’ way of life, the issues of online access identified by the government will continue unless change is achieved.

To place some of these much needed changes in an international context, we are lucky to be joined from the UK by Dr Emily Hudson, author of Drafting Copyright Exceptions: From the law in books to the law in action. Dr Hudson will draw on insights gained from fifteen years of research to talk about the use of copyright exceptions in practice. For the full list of speakers please check our event page.

The forum will look quite different this year, and we are excited to be experimenting with a new mixed-media format. Over the two-week period we will bring you a mix of pre-recorded presentations and live Q&A webinars where you will have an opportunity to engage directly with experts from the UK, Singapore and Australia.

Pre-recorded content will give our speakers the chance to present their ideas and perspectives in a way that is easy for you to watch – whenever and wherever is convenient. Live webinars delivered later in the week will give you the opportunity to engage in an extended Q&A on the issues.

We have also introduced a number of ticketing options: you can register for individual sessions or save with a bundle option that gives you access to all the sessions. And organisations can opt to register as an institution, allowing them to share the Forum experience with as many employees as they wish.

Please stay tuned as we continue to announce speakers and panels in the coming weeks, and we look forward to seeing you at the forum.


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