Blurring Lines

ADA Copyright Forum 2020

  • Friday 6 March 2020
  • National Library of Australia
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A banner image for the Australian Digital Alliance Copyright Forum 2020. It features the theme for the Forum: 'Blurring Lines'. And it specifies the date of the event as Friday 6 March 2020 and the venue as the National Library of Australia. The background is a dark blue spray painted 'c in a circle' copyright sign.

The lines are blurring in digital regulation.

For much of its long history copyright law has been just that – copyright law. But in the wake of developments like the GDPR and the Christchurch Call, it is increasingly hard to keep copyright siloed from other digital rights issues.

At this year’s Forum, we look at the way copyright is influencing, or being influenced by, its neighbours in areas such as free speech, traditional knowledge, surveillance, privacy, and cybersecurity.


Friday 6 March 2020




Welcome & opening


Copyright in 2020

Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts


Copyright v. The Internet

Professor Anupam Chander, Georgetown Law, Georgetown University


Morning tea


A constitutional moment for the ‘net: protecting human rights online

Professor Nicolas Suzor, QUT School of Law and Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology


Copyright echoes in digital regulation in Australia

Sunita Bose, Managing Director, Digital Industry Group Inc

Ellen Broad, Senior Fellow, 3A Institute, Australian National University




What about Blurred Lines?

Speakers TBC.


First Steps: Engaging with First People’s Cultural Expression and Knowledge

Terri Janke, Solicitor General, Terri Janke and Company


ICIP in Practice

Speakers TBC.


Developments with Standards Australia

Margaret Allen, State Librarian of Western Australia


indyreads: A new approach to content licensing and collection curation

Ross Balharrie, State Library of New South Wales
Sue Lui, writer, author and self-publishing consultant




Local and international experts will provide their insights into copyright reform in Australia

Professor Anupam Chander

Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Anupam Chander is Professor of Law at Georgetown. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he clerked for Chief Judge Jon Newman of the Second Circuit and Judge William Norris of the Ninth Circuit. He practiced law in New York and Hong Kong with Cleary Gottlieb. He has been a visiting law professor at Yale, Chicago, Stanford, Cornell, and Tsinghua. He previously served as Director of the California International Law Center and MLK, Jr. Professor of Law at UC Davis. A member of the American Law Institute, he has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. An Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, he serves as a judge of Stanford’s International Junior Faculty Forum. A recipient of Google Research Awards and an Andrew Mellon grant, he serves on a World Economic Forum expert group and is the author of the book, The Electronic Silk Road (Yale University Press).

Twitter: @AnupamChander

Hon Paul Fletcher MP

Federal Member for Bradfield, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts

Paul Fletcher MP is the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts in the Morrison Government.

He entered Parliament in December 2009 as the Member for Bradfield; was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications in September 2013; Minister for Major Projects, Territories, and Local Government in September 2015; Minister for Urban Infrastructure in July 2016; Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities in December 2017; Minister for Families and Social Services in August 2018 and was appointed to his present role in May 2019.

Before entering Parliament, Paul was Director, Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, at Optus for eight years; established a consulting firm serving the communications sector; and in 2009 his book about broadband, Wired Brown Land was published by UNSW Press.

Earlier in his career Paul was Chief of Staff to the Minister for Communications in the Howard Government, Senator Richard Alston.

He has dual first class honours degrees in law and economics from The University of Sydney and an MBA from Columbia University in New York where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Paul has been a member of the Liberal Party since he was 16 and was active in student politics at Sydney University. He was a champion university debater, twice reaching the finals of the World Universities Debating Championship.

Twitter: @PaulFletcherMP

Terri Janke

Solicitor General, Terri Janke and Company

Terri Janke is a Wuthathi/Meriam woman from Cairns. She is an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) and is known for innovating pathways between the law and the cultural rights of Indigenous peoples. As the owner and Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company, she empowers Indigenous peoples to assert their ICIP rights and prosper in their business and creative endeavours. She advises on legal matters including incorporation, joint venture, procurement, governance, employment and engagement. She has written leading ICIP protocols and models for various sectors including the arts, museums, archives, film and business. Terri is also a valued mentor and an accredited mediator and governance expert.

Twitter: @TerriJanke

Professor Nicolas Suzor

Professor, QUT School of Law and Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology

Nicolas Suzor researches the regulation of networked society. He is a Professor in the Law School at Queensland University of Technology, and one of the leaders of QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre. He is also a Chief Investigator of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. His research examines the governance of the internet and social networks, the peer economy, digital copyright, and knowledge commons. He is the author of Lawless: the secret rules that govern our digital lives (Cambridge, 2019).

Twitter: @nicsuzor


Banner image background photo: ‘Large copyright graffiti sign on cream colored wall’, Horia Varlan. Available on Flickr, flic.kr/horiavarlan/4273272605. Available for reuse under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence.

Terri Janke’s photo: Photo: Jamie James. All rights reserved. Painting in background: ‘Ancient Tracks and Waterholes’ (2019), Rene Kulitja. All rights reserved.