Flexible and Adaptable: the Future of Copyright

ADA Copyright Forum 2018

  • Friday 9 February 2018
  • National Library of Australia, Canberra
  • Join the conversation: #ADAForum

2018 was an exciting year for copyright, with new laws, new regulations and a commitment by the government to “a modernised copyright exceptions framework that keeps pace with technological advances and is flexible to adapt to future changes.”

But what is a modern copyright framework in 2018 and beyond? What are others doing globally to modernise their systems? And what do we need here – now and in the future?

This year’s ADA Copyright Forum will focus on the commitment to modernisation, what it will mean in practice, and what we need it to mean for Australia.

The ADA 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 and the region.



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


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Join the conversation using the event hashtag: #ADAForum


Thursday, 8 February 2018


Opening Night Drinks

Venue: Ostani Lounge, Bar & Restaurant, Hotel Realm, 18 National Crt, Barton

Friday, 9 February 2018




Welcome & Opening


Copyright Law in an Age of Limitations and Exceptions

Professor Ruth Okediji, the Jeremiah Smith. Jr, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center.


Text, Lies and Stereotypes: Australia’s Copyright Reform Process

Professor Jill McKeoughUniversity of Technology Sydney


Morning Tea


The Reviews

Sam Ahlin, Director, Copyright Law Section, Department of Communications and the Arts


Fixing Copyright

Jessica Coates, Executive Officer, Australian Digital Alliance (Chair)

Roxanne Missingham, University Librarian and Chief Scholarly Information Officer, Australian National University

Julia Mant, Archives and Records Manager , National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)

Delia Browne, National Copyright Director, National Copyright Unit (NCU), Copyright Advisory Group, COAG Education Council


Launch: Copyright in the digital age - An economic assessment of fair use in Australia

John O’Mahony, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics.




Marrakesh in Australia

Tony Starkey, Government Relations & Accessibility, The Royal Society for the Blind (RSB)(Chair)

Sarah Runcie, Manager, Strategy and Policy, Australian Publishers Association

Anthea Taylor, Manager Accessible Information Library Services, Vision Australia

Dinesh Burah, Manager Information and Education Services, VisAbility


Imagination Foregone: A Qualitative Study of the Reuse Practices of Australian Creators

Dr Kylie Pappalardo, Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Research Program, Queensland University of Technology
Jessica Stevens, Queensland University of Technology.


Future Creative

Elliott Bledsoe, Copyright Officer, Australian Digital Alliance (Chair)

Seb Chan, Chief Experience Officer, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Jonny Roses, Policy & Public Affairs Lawyer, Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA)

Paula Bray, DX Lab Leader, State Library of NSW




Professor Ruth Okediji

the Jeremiah Smith. Jr Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center

Professor Jill McKeough

University of Technology Sydney

Roxanne Missingham

University Librarian and Chief Scholarly Information Officer, Australian National University

Seb Chan

Chief Experience Officer, Australia Centre for the Moving Image