AEShareNet | Making the Most of Creativity: In the Public Interest
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Thursday 2 March - Sharing knowledge and rewarding innovation

Conference Speakers

John Howkins from the UK, the driving force behind the Charter and author of “Creative Economy– How people make money from ideas”

John Howkins is a leading figure in creativity, media and intellectual policy.

He is Director of Equator Group plc and Equator Films Ltd and of several other UK companies in the media, entertainment and new technology sectors. He is Chairman of the Creative Business School.

He is a Partner of ITR & Co which provides consultancy services to entertainment companies. He has advised ABC, BBC, CBS, PricewaterhouseCoopers, European Commission, IBM, KPMG, News Corp, NHK, RAI, Sky TV, Sony, Swedish Television, Time Warner, Universal Studios and other companies. He has worked in over 30 countries including Australia, Canada, China, France, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Poland, Singapore, UK and USA.

He is Director of the Adelphi Charter (, and was the originator of the London ‘Own It’ IP advisory centre. He is a partner in The Creativity Group which advises on the management of creativity and intellectual property.

He was associated with Time Warner and HBO from1982 to1996 with responsibilities for TV and broadcast businesses in Europe.

He is Deputy Chairman of the British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC) and former Chairman of the London Film School and CREATEC and Vice Chairman of the Association of Independent Producers.

He is a frequent speaker, broadcaster and commentator on media issues. His books include ‘CODE’, ‘The Creative Economy’ and ‘Communications in China’.

He is Visiting Professor, Creative Industries, Lincoln University

My presentation will describe a new approach to creativity, innovation and intellectual property for the 21st Century. I will talk about the importance of creativity to individuals and societies, and how creativity is a source of enjoyment, change, challenge and status. In the creative economy we need a system of regulations that balances the public domain, where we can wander at will, with the private domain where people have exclusive rights over their ideas and their work. If we get this balance right, everyone benefits. If we get it wrong, we all lose. The Adelphi Charter is the first step towards establishing a fair global framework for this. It sets out a public interest test for intellectual property.

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Catharine Lumby/ Chair

A widely published print journalist, Catharine Lumby has worked as a news reporter, feature writer and opinion columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age newspapers and The Bulletin magazine. She has also worked as a news reporter for ABC television and is a published author. Catharine's PhD thesis examined the rise of tabloid culture in news and current affairs reporting in the US and Australia.

Graham Greenleaf/ Chair

Graham Greenleaf is a Professor of Law at the University of New South where he leads the ARC-funded 'Unlocking IP' Project at the Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre. The project explores all aspects of expanding and protecting Australia's public domain and public rights in copyright. Graham is also one of the Co-Directors of the Australasian Legal Information Institute, the largest national free-access law resources on the Internet, and WorldLII the global portal for free access to law. Through those projects he is involved in developing 'commons' in legal information across the world, as part of the global 'Free Access to Law Movement'.

Peter Drahos Trade

Peter Drahos is a Professor in Law, the Head of Program of the Regulatory Institutions Network and the Director of the Centre for the Governance of Knowledge and Development at the Australian National University.

His former positions include Herchel Smith Senior Research Fellow in Intellectual Property at Queen Mary College, University of London and officer of the Australian Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department.

His publications include A Philosophy of Intellectual Property, Dartmouth (1996), Global Business Regulation, Cambridge University Press, 2000, (with John Braithwaite), Information Feudalism: Who Controls the Knowledge Economy? (with John Braithwaite), Earthscan (2002), New Press (2003) and Oxford University Press, (2003) and (with Ruth Mayne) Global Intellectual Property Rights: Knowledge, Access and Development, Macmillan, 2002.

There are two big and important trends in the world. One is to extend and maximize intellectual property protection in the belief that this will lead to more innovation. The other is to make information free in the belief that the rapid exchange and diffusion of information in the marketplace is the better route to innovation. Bill Gates provides an example of the former approach and Richard Stallman of Free Software Foundation exemplifies the latter approach. Who is right?


Dale Spender New Wealth/Lynne Spender Creative Rights

Defending the public domain

1 Our concern that in the digital environment copyright, patents, and trademarks are being used to lock up the public domain
(a) - Dale: history of the appropriation of works, ideas, patents etc (esp women)
(b) - Lynne: historical parallel with the (land) Enclosure Acts of 16-18th century in the UK

2 Why the public domain is important
(a) - Lynne: as authors, creators in a knowledge economy
(b) - Dale: globally - beyond literature to pharmaceuticals, genes etc

3 Ways of responding
(a) - Dale: using the digital environment to bypass the 'locks' ( Dales current work on IP, aesharenet, google, yahoo, open source)
(b) - Lynne: the (sharing) digital generation; copyleft - Should copyright law change?; creative commons and other licensing arrangements.

Lynne Spender
Lynne Spender has worked as a writer, teacher, administrator, publisher and editor. She was for 5 years Director of the Australian Society of Authors and then Director of the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association. Since publishing her first book in 1982, she has written and edited over 20 books in the areas of literature, law and women's studies. She is currently undertaking a PhD on the digital generation and cultural change.

Dale Spender
AM FRSA BA DipEd MA LittB PhD D.University

Principal Director of Digital Style Pty Ltd

Chair of AHOOT (Ahead Of Our Time) P/L

Dale Spender has had many careers - in keeping with the changing times.

She has been - student, teacher, academic (reformed), examiner, author/editor, publisher, researcher, feminist, consultant, director, chairperson, media and forum contributor, public speaker, independent thinker, fund raiser, intellectual property stirrer, and mind-changer -- and all at an international level.

Dale is also a founding member of the Second Chance Programme Fund Raising Group (inc) for homeless women.

Evan Arthur / Educational Policy

Group Manager
Innovation and Research Systems Group
Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), Australia

Evan Arthur was educated at Newcastle (Australia) and Cambridge (UK) Universities. His doctoral thesis was in the area of Stoic Philosophy.

Evan has been employed as a university tutor and as a public servant. He joined the Australian Public Service in 1981. He has worked in the Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs and in the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). He has worked on issues such as refugee policy, labour market programs, teacher professional development, research policy, recognition of overseas qualifications, and the use of information technology in education. His current position is Group Manager, Innovation and Research Systems Group in DEST.

Evan is responsible for the Australian Government’s involvement in the Education Network Australia initiative and for issues associated with the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in education, including the development of the national Action Plan for the education and training sector under the auspices of the National Strategy for the Information Economy. He is the Deputy Chair of the principal cross sectoral body advising the Federal, State and Territory Government Ministers on issues associated with the use of ICT in education, the Australian Information and Communications Technology in Education Committee. He is also responsible for research policy issues in the higher education sector. In that capacity he is directing the implementation of two major Australian Government initiatives, the Research Quality Framework and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

This presentation will provide some examples of the impact of technology on the diffusion of knowledge. This will include its impact on scholarly publications and on access to the data on which research publications are based. The presentation will then examine some implications of these impacts for research funding policies.

Louise Sylvan / Public Interest

Louise Sylvan is Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), appointed as the member with expertise in consumer affairs.

Formerly head of CHOICE-Australian Consumers' Association, she was also the President of the global consumer movement and served as an executive member of Consumers International for 14 years.

Selected as one of 20 of 'Australia's True Leaders' by the Australian Financial Review in 2002, Louise is well known as a force for consumer empowerment and consumer protection in Australia.

Louise was a member of the international group which created the Adelphi Charter on Intellectual Property.

She has BA and MPA degrees from her original home country, Canada.

Caroline Morgan/ Digital Age

As General Manager of CAL's Corporate Services Division, Caroline is responsible for both the Legal & International and Public Affairs departments. This involves managing all legal aspects of CAL's operations, along with the internal and external communications activities.

Caroline plays an active part in developing CAL's submissions to government on various copyright related proposals. She also represents and speaks on CAL's behalf at government enquiries. In her former role as Corporate Counsel, Caroline was involved in developing CAL's licensing and distribution policies and digital licensing schemes.

In addition to her role as a General Manager, Caroline is CAL's Company Secretary, managing many aspects of CAL's corporate compliance activities and liaising with the Board of Directors and its various Committees.

Caroline is a well-known local and international speaker on all areas related to copyright, and is involved with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisation (IFFRO), acting as a member of its Asia Pacific Committee, Digital Issues Group and Chair of the Legal Issues Committee.

Caroline has a BA and LLB from Sydney University and an MBA from the AGSM.


Collecting Societies in the Digital Age

There have been many pronouncements on the demise of collecting societies and copyright since the beginnings of the World Wide Web. There is no doubt the digital age and changing consumer demands have posed serious challenges for those seeking to earn a living from the use of their work. However collecting societies will continue to ensure rightsholders and creators are provided with freedom of choice - whether it be to supply and share work free of charge or to receive a financial reward for their endeavour. The challenge now lies in developing a viable framework which allows the easy exchange of digital creative material in a way which continues to see the information economy flourish.

Roger Clarke/ Panel Moderator - Open Content Licensing and a fair go for creatives in a digital environment

Roger Clarke is a consultant in the management of information and information technology. He works through his own company, Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd. He has spent over 35 years in the I.T. industry, as professional, manager, consultant and academic.

His work encompasses corporate strategy, government policy, and public advocacy, particularly in relation to:
- eBusiness;
- information infrastructure; and
- privacy and dataveillance.

Roger Clarke is a prolific author and speaker. He is a longstanding public interest advocate, particularly in relation to information privacy.

Jenny Ferber - Keeping ahead of the game: workplace learning in a rapidly changing media environment. Insights from the ABC.

To stay ahead of the game in the rapidly changing digital media environment, the ABC needs to be remain flexible, creative and attuned to the needs of its audiences. It's people need to be able to respond quickly with innovative programs, they also need to be quick learners. This presents a challenge for traditional models of organisational training. Jenny will discuss the how the ABC is meeting this challenge.

Jenny is Head of ABC Learning at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where she has reorganised the learning and development function to more closely align training to the ABC's business goals and to individual performance management. She has also overseen the introduction of accredited training to the ABC. The latest focus for ABC Learning is on building a learning organisation to support corporate sustainability and renewal in the rapidly changing media environment.

Pare Keiha-2006 Launch of AEShareNet instant licences

Pare Keiha is currently the Pro Vice Chancellor for Commercialisation, the Pro Vice Chancellor for Maori Advancement and the Dean of the Faculty of Maori Development, at AUT. Dr Keiha's present academic pursuits include Maori development, competition law and policy, intellectual property law, corporate governance and the economics of the New Zealand primary products sector. His business experience covers strategic and business planning, project management and marketing. He also maintains an active career as a professional director and is a member of the Institute of Directors.