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The Down Under book and film remind us our copyright law’s still unfair for artists

The Down Under book and film remind us our copyright law's still unfair for artists Nicolas Suzor, Queensland University of Technology and Rachel Choi, Queensland University of Technology Australian copyright law is broken, and the Australian Government isn’t moving quickly to fix it. Borrowing, quoting, and homage are fundamental to the creative process. This is[…]

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Regulating ride-sharing in the peer economy

Our new paper is now available: Witt, Alice, Suzor, Nicolas P., & Wikstrom, Patrik (2015) Regulating ride-sharing in the peer economy. Communication Research & Practice. 1(2), pp 1-16 The rise of the peer economy poses complex new regulatory challenges for policy-makers. The peer economy, typified by services like Uber and AirBnB, promises substantial productivity gains[…]

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QUT launches new Digital Media Research Centre

Exciting news! I am absolutely delighted to announce the launch of our new Digital Media Research Centre. I’m privileged to be a Chief Investigator along with a great group of leading media scholars. I’ll be leading a program of research on the regulation and governance of networked society. In Brian McNair’s words: Queensland University of[…]

QUT IP submission on copyright infringement website blocking Bill

Here is our submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s review of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. We argue that safeguards are necessary to ensure human rights are adequately protected. All systems of blocking access to online content necessarily raise difficult and problematic issues of infringement of freedom of speech and[…]

QUT Submission to Australian copyright notice scheme

We have just lodged our submission to the Communications Alliance draft industry code to introduce a copyright notice scheme. In making this submission, we suggest that Australia learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions, and avoid some of the mistakes that have been made. In particular, this involves: Ensuring that adequate information is available to[…]

Can you copyright a feeling? Blurred Lines may be the biggest music copyright case of 2015

By Nicolas Suzor, Queensland University of Technology and Kylie Pappalardo, Queensland University of Technology The year is still young, but this week a judgement was handed down in what may well be the biggest music case of 2015. Marvin Gaye’s children have won a copyright law suit against Robin Thicke (no stranger to controversy) and[…]

Forced negotiations and industry codes won’t stop illegal downloads

Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced yesterday that they expect internet service providers (ISPs) to work with copyright owners to help police infringement. ISPs will have to agree to a new industry code that passes on warning notices to their customers when copyright owners make allegations of infringement against them. They will[…]

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Should social network platforms enforce human rights? IGF 2014 Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility

At the 2014 Internet Governance Forum, the Dynamic Coalition on Platform Responsibility met to discuss the role of private intermediaries in enforcing social norms and law. One of the most interesting points made by Rebecca McKinnon was that corporations have some (limited) responsibility to protect human rights (see further UN, ‘The Corporate Responsibility to Respect[…]

The game of clones and the Australia tax: divergent views about copyright business models and the willingness of Australian consumers to infringe

In a forthcoming issue of the UNSW Law Journal, Paula Dootson and I write about the effect of restrictive copyright licensing practices on the willingness of consumers to infringe copyright. This builds on Paula’s PhD work, and we present qualitative evidence to support the common intuition that the lack of access to legitimate content distribution[…]

Intermediary liability: two submissions to AGD Online Copyright Infringement consultation

We’ve just lodged two submissions to the Attorney-General’s Department consultation on Online Copyright Infringement. The first submission is from the QUT IP & Innovation Law research group. This submission gives a good overview of a few important points: Copyright infringement in Australia at the moment should be thought of as predominantly a market problem, and[…]