QUT Open Innovation Roundtable

On Thursday we hosted a roundtable on Open Innovation. I recorded a couple of interviews (with excellent help from Susan Hedge): Dan Ravicher – Legal Director, Software Freedom Law Centre, Executive Director Public Patent Foundation: 4.5mb mp3 or 3.9mb ogg. Angela Beesley – Wikia 2.6mb mp3 or 1.8mb ogg. More to come. Dan Ravicher and Read more about QUT Open Innovation Roundtable[…]

Arts Law Week Sydney – Free Creative Commons Event – Thursday 13 July

I'll be in Sydney on Thursday for this event hosted by the Arts Law Centre of Australia as part of Arts Law Week Sydney (10-17 July). The seminar is entitled �Creative Commons � a good thing for artists?�. The panel of speakers includes Myself from Creative Commons Australia, Raena Lea-Shannon (Frankel Lawyers), Professor Graham Greenleaf Read more about Arts Law Week Sydney – Free Creative Commons Event – Thursday 13 July[…]

price discrimination in copyright law

Copyright advocates often suggest price discrimination as an efficient solution to deadweight losses. Deadweight losses occur when prices are artificially inflated, meaning that a section of the population who are willing to pay more than the marginal cost, but less than the monopoly price, are unable to access the good. Whereas free market competition would Read more about price discrimination in copyright law[…]

PhD abstract – Governance of Virtual Worlds

Here is a draft of the abstract of my PhD. I'm still working at these concepts, and they're fairly flexible at the moment. Comments are appreciated. Virtual World Governance Virtual worlds are becoming increasingly popular and diverse. The immersive nature of these worlds challenges us to consider concepts of place, social relationships, economics, property, and Read more about PhD abstract – Governance of Virtual Worlds[…]

Roundup: 21st Century Creativity in a Copyright World: How Can the Potential be Realised?

The event hosted by QUT Law School and the Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation was a great success. Organised by Professor Mark Perry (UWO, on sabattical at QUT), and myself, the event saw Mia Garlick from Creative Commons joining Professor Brian Fitzgerald from Creative Commons Australia and Richard Neville, Toby Miller, and Read more about Roundup: 21st Century Creativity in a Copyright World: How Can the Potential be Realised?[…]

Transformative use of copyright material (in Australia)

transformative use, copyright Ok, so the final version of my Masters thesis is now up: Transformative use of copyright material. Executive summary This thesis concerns the ability of individuals to engage in transformative use of copyright expression without the permission of the copyright owner. Transformative use refers to the use of existing expression as an Read more about Transformative use of copyright material (in Australia)[…]

FOSS paper available

Our article in the 2005 MULR is now available: Brian Fitzgerald and Nicolas Suzor, 'Legal Issues for the Use of Free and Open Source Software in Government' (2005) 27(2) Melbourne University Law Review. Note that this article is not available under a Creative Commons licence due to the editorial policy of the Melbourne University Law Read more about FOSS paper available[…]

Blizzard v bnetd – or, why the TPM exceptions should be protected from exclusion by contract

tpm, anti-circumvention, blizzard, bnetd Blizzard make several popular games, including Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft. Online multiplayer in these games is limited to using Blizzard's Battle.net service. Battle.net provides a mechanism for users to create and join multi-player games, to meet and chat with other users, and to record statistics and participate in tournaments. Battle.net functionality Read more about Blizzard v bnetd – or, why the TPM exceptions should be protected from exclusion by contract[…]

Virtual Worlds @ GikII Workshop – Edingburgh

This week I'm in Edinburgh, attending the VI Computer Law World Conference, and, importantly, the associated GikII workshop which was held on Monday and Tuesday. GikII was a lot of fun – about 30 participants, and a really good discussion. Predictably, I was speaking about the governance of Virtual Environments; particularly, introducing the hypothesis that Read more about Virtual Worlds @ GikII Workshop – Edingburgh[…]