Innovation 2016: The Case for Law Reform

ADA Copyright Forum 2016

  • Friday 18 March 2016
  • National Library of Australia
  • Join the conversation: #ADAForum

With the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into Australia’s IP Framework and the new portfolio arrangements, 2016 is shaping up to be a year of innovation.

But what does this mean for copyright reform? How can copyright help, and hinder, innovation? What is the role of copyright institutions and businesses in enabling innovation? Can we innovate copyright itself?

The Australian Digital Alliance Forum is the peak event for discussion of pragmatic, creative copyright reform options that seek to ensure balance in copyright for the public interest. With a range of speakers and panels, the Forum is a must for anyone interested in the present and future of copyright in Australia.



Videos of the presentations are available on our YouTube channel or are embedded below.


Social Media

Join the conversation using the event hashtag: #ADAForum


Keynote addresses

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications, Minister for the Arts

Professor Ian Hargreaves, Professor of Digital Economy at Cardiff University on Digital Opportunity: powering innovation through copyright.

Professor Kenneth Crews, Columbia Law School and the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center on Australia’s library and archive exceptions in the international context.



You can purchase tickets here.



The 2016 Forum will be held from 9am-5pm on 18 March at the National Library of Australia, Parkes ACT.



You can access the program here. It includes sessions on:

  • Digital growth in the Australian creative industries
  • The implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty for the Visually Impaired and related amendments
  • The global copyright reform agenda 
  • Defining and protecting the public domain
  • The wacky world of copyright in 2015
  • Reimagining copyright in 2016
Live Stream and Recording
The full Forum program was live streamed on the day here. Edited videos of the presentations are now available on the ADA’s Youtube channel.
Drinks – Thursday 17 March

When you’re booking your travel, don’t forget to allow for the pre-conference drinks on 17 March.

5:30-8:00pm, Ostani  – Hotel Realm, 18 National Circuit, Barton  ACT 2600, http://www.ostani.com.au/.

you can RSVP here.


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 http://www.action.act.gov.au/ for more details. 


Social media

hashtag: #adaforum


If you have any questions, please contact ADA executive officer Jessica Coates at info@digital.org.au