Law for Creative Innovation

The project has had a tangible impact on intellectual property policy and influence and impact on understanding policy around digital content and the legal and regulatory impediments to growth.  This has been most clearly evidenced in the revision of the Federal Governments Statement on IP Principles through which Creative Commons licensing has become the default standard for licensing public sector information.

The project has undertaken innovative and transformational research through large-scale projects that have supported high quality publications and PhD completions as well as the development of strong international networks in the USA, China, Canada, Africa and the Middle East. The core value of the project has been to empower scholars to question prevailing models of copyright management and to propose solutions that in turn have gained national and international attention, and in the case of CC licensing of public sector information national adoption.


Over the past twelve months the Law for Creative Innovation program has continued to focus on copyright law and policy. This builds on eight years of research on copyright in the digital environment including research on Creative Commons (CC) licensing that has underpinned a revolution in the way the public sector licence information.

During 2013 the research group continued to assist the Australian and international community with issues relating to Creative Commons (CC) Licensing. In particular, members of the group provided detailed feedback to Creative Commons Head Office on the drafting of the new Version 4 of the CC Licence.

Members of the group published or presented papers on topics such as ‘Internet Intermediary Liability’, ‘Open Access to Knowledge’ and ‘Social Media and the Court’s.  Nic Suzor was a Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, from March to May, and he and Kylie Pappalardo presented at the IP Scholars Roundtable at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in April.  John Gilchrist is working on a Postdoctoral Fellowship transforming his PhD on Crown Copyright into a book. Rami Olwan published his book on IP and Development with a focus on copyright in the Middle East. Cheryl Foong, a member of the group for four years, has commenced her Masters of Law at Columbia University Law School in New York.
The project will be concluded in 2014 through two summative works: a monograph on the history and future of copyright titled A Short History of Copyright: The Genie of Information and a collection of essays showcasing the thoughts of the program, tentatively titled Copyright Perspectives: From Balmoral Beach to the Wild Blue Yonder.  

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