Defining the Public Domain: Limits of Copyright Conference 

This conference re-evaluated the character and status of the public domain in copyright law. The concept of the public domain plays a critical role in delimiting the rights of copyright owners. Whether through particular legal roles concerning the duration of copyright, or through doctrines of fair dealing or infringement, the public domain is central to establishing a balance between the interests of creators and consumers.

Technological change has made the task of defining the public domain critical in current law reform and policy. As well as dealing with the issues raised by digital technologies, this conference considered wider cultural and historical contexts for understanding the public domain.

This conference provided an up-to-date overview of trends in this area and their likely impact on Australian Law.

Speakers and topics:
Libby Baulch
, Executive Officer, Australian Copyright Council, Fair Use and Fair Dealing
Michael Fraser, Chief Executive Officer, Copyright Agency Limited, Fair is Foul and Foul is Fair: From Analogue to Digital Fair Dealing 
Colin Golvan, Owen Dixon ChambersThe Public Domain and Indigenous Art
Catherine Hawkins, Attorney-General's Dept, Digital Agenda Reforms and the Public Domain
Sir Anthony MasonPublic interest Objectives and the Law of Copyright
Warwick Rothnie
, Partner, Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Idea and Expression in a Digital World
Brad Sherman, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Griffith University, Introducing the Public Domain 
Peter Treyde, Attorney-General's Dept, Simplification of the Exceptions to the Exclusive Rights Comprising Copyright
Leanne Wiseman, Lecturer, Queensland University of Technology, Educational Use and the Limits of Copyright 
Jamie Wodetzki, Solicitor, Minter Ellison, Taking a Byte from Software's Proprietary Bits: How Far Can You Go?