Law and Business
Three books were launched at the event:
- The Government and Copyright (Sydney University Press) by Dr. John Gilchrist
- Copyright Perspectives (Springer) by Prof. Brian Fitzgerald and Dr. John Gilchrist (eds)
- A Short History of Copyright (Springer) by Benedict Atkinson and Prof. Brian Fitzgerald
More than 20 guests attend the Book Launch Event in Melbourne on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 and xx in Sydney on Thursday, 15 October 2015.
Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Foundation Dean of Law 2012-2015, when launching The Government and Copyright by Dr John Gilchrist commented on the interplay between law, policy and practice in copyright law, particularly in the rights of the government as the copyright owner, its role as the preserver of copyright materials and its role as a user of other copyright materials under the Copyright Act. He emphasised the significant role of government in ensuring that the intellectual property system simulates innovation and fosters trade and investment.
His joint publication on Copyright Perspectives with Dr John Gilchrist covers current perspectives in the digital age, from the application of the Berne Convention, to time shifting and intermediary copyright liability, as well as perspectives from developing and developed countries covering laws, user rights, open access, government use of copyright material and the use of the criminal law to proscribe copyright infringement.
His final joint publication A Short History of Copyright (Springer) with Benedict Atkinson gives an historical overview of the development of copyright and the tensions between the suppliers of the information, entertainment, internet and other information industries and the role of the internet in disrupting historical patterns of information regulation and information freedom.