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The Copyright Society of Australia and the Intellectual Property Research Institution of Australia are pleased to co-host their first seminar:


‘Are contracts enough? The case for better creator protections in Australia’


Most of the world’s nations grant authors statutory reversion rights: entitlements to reclaim their copyrights in certain circumstances, such as their works becoming unavailable for purchase. In Australia however, as in the UK, we have no such universal protections. That leaves creator rights to be governed entirely by their contracts with publishers, record labels and other investors. But is this enough?

A/Professor Rebecca Giblin (ARC Future Fellow and Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia) and her research team recently studied the reversion provisions from a broad sample of de-identified publishing contracts dating back 60 years sourced from the Australian Society of Authors’ archive, and has made some startling discoveries about the state of creator rights in Australia. Join us as she shares the results (also presented to WIPO late last year) and discusses the case for new baseline minimum protections.

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Event: Are contracts enough? The case for better creator protections in Australia
Speaker: A/Professor Rebecca Giblin in conversation with Colin Golvan AM QC
Date: Tuesday 8 September 2020
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Cost: Members $0 (login required for purchase) & Non-Members $0
Venue: Livestreamed on Zoom

Colin Golvan AM QC

Colin Golvan AM QC is a Queen’s Counsel at the Victorian Bar specialising in intellectual property. He has authored plays staged by the Melbourne Theatre Company and Playbox Theatre as well as various books and scripts for radio and TV, including the books “Words and Law” (Penguin) and “Writers and the Law” – co-authored with Michael McDonald (LBC). He was the founding chair of the Victorian Writers’ Centre, Viscopy, and Writing Australia, and a former chair and current board member of the Australian Book Review.

Rebecca Giblin

Associate Professor Rebecca Giblin is an ARC Future Fellow at Melbourne Law School, leading interdisciplinary teams to build evidence about how intellectual property arrangements and other regulations actually work in practice. Her main research areas are copyright, technology regulation, access to knowledge and the regulation of culture (particularly how the law impacts the creation and dissemination of creative works). She is Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) and leads the ARC-funded Author’s Interest ( and eLending projects (