Perth, Western Australia - 6th to 10th January 2014

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From Kookaburra to the Cloud: where to now for copyright in Australia


The last few years has seen significant copyright cases that have directly affected the free software and free culture communities. From the 'Kookaburra' case through to iiNet and Optus - these have been important cases that have shaped copyright in Australia and the upcoming Australian Law Reform Commission's report due in November will point us to how the law may be shaped in the future.

This presentation builds on my previous LCA presentations ( and to discuss the implications of the recommendations in the report and how they address some of the contemporary issues in copyright that affect Free software. It will also examine the way forward for copyright reform in Australia including the oft discussed introduction of "fair use" into Australian copyright.

Ben Powell

Ben holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Tasmania where he developed a particular interest in Copyright Law and its impact on the technical community. Before this he worked in the IT industry for longer than he cares to remember.

He currently works for the Australian Government in a project management capacity.