The ADA is a broad coalition of copyright users and innovators who support copyright laws that strike a balance between providing reasonable incentives for creators and the wider public interest in the advancement of learning, innovation and culture. It was founded following a meeting of interested parties in Canberra in July 1998, with retired Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Sir Anthony Mason, as its first patron.
More than 20 years later, the ADA continues to be a respected and active participant in the Australian copyright reform debates, regarded for its depth of copyright expertise and advocacy efforts on behalf of a diverse membership. ADA members span various sectors, and include universities, schools, disability groups, libraries, archives, galleries, museums, research groups, technology companies and individuals. You can access a list of institutional members here.
Committed to copyright reform that enables fair access to content and encourages innovation and growth, the ADA provides policy advice to government and its members, supports research and publications on new copyright law and policy, monitors international trade and IP developments, and facilitates forums to discuss topical copyright issues and progressive reform.
The ADA is a membership-funded nonprofit organisation which relies on your support to continue to provide an effective voice for the public interest perspective in the copyright debate.
What we do
- Provide a voice for the public interest in access to knowledge, information and culture in copyright reform debates.
- Contribute copyright law and policy expertise to Government consultations and topical legal cases.
- Engage with sectors using and innovating with copyright content through policy round tables, forums, online and through social media.