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The digital revolution is counter-intuitive to copyright. Technological change is moving too fast for adequate laws to be implemented – and for affected industries to keep pace.

The bottom is dropping out of the Hollywood box office, while television stations are being hammered by free-falling ratings for blockbuster shows (think: Homeland). We’re watching in droves, but many of us are not paying for what we watch, and we’re too impatient to wait for traditional delivery systems.

Meanwhile, in book publishing, the e-revolution is seeing the boom of digital publishing – and pirated books. Will it go the way of the music industry?

With such open access to information these days, how do we know where one person’s work ends and another begins? Is the very idea of intellectual property becoming a nonsense – or is it too important to give up on, for the continuing functioning of the arts and the sciences? And – the million-dollar question – how can we ensure creativity continues to pay?

In this debate, chaired by Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams, our speakers will consider the obstacles and opportunities ahead.

Speaking for the proposition:

· Angela Daly has ten years of experience in academia, activism and policy-making concerning law and communications technologies. She is Research Fellow in the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology, a member of Electronic Frontiers Australia’s board, and is finalising her PhD at the European University Institute.

· Simon Groth is the director of if:book Australia at the Queensland Writers Centre, and writes regularly on the future of the book. He is also an author of fiction and short stories, and the lead writer for the 24-Hour Book project.

· Dr Suelette Dreyfus is an award-winning writer and journalist. In addition to writing the first major book about computer hacking in Australia, she was the Associate Producer of a documentary about hackers. Her articles have appeared in magazines and newspapers in Australia and abroad. She is a Research Fellow at an Australian university, where she runs several major research projects in information systems.

Speaking against the proposition:

· Professor Michael Fraser AM is Professor of Law and Director of the Communications Law Centre at UTS. He was a founder and CEO of Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) for twenty one years, and a founding director of Australian, foreign and international copyright management organisations.

· Lori Flekser is the executive director of the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation, and the general manager of the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia.

· Elmo Keep is a writer, broadcaster and producer whose writing has been published widely, and whose work appeared on three series of ABC TV’s Hungry Beast. She has also worked as a digital media producer with Zapruder’s other films, is currently The Lifted Brow’s Digital Director.

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Intelligence Squared Debates

The Wheeler Centre and St James Ethics Centre combine again in 2013 to bring you a brand new series of Intelligence Squared debates.

Established in 2002, IQ2 has spread across the globe, bringing the traditional form of Cambridge and Oxford Unions-style debating – with two sides proposing and opposing a sharply formed motion – to Melbourne Town Hall.

Presenters

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Michael Williams

Michael Williams is the Director of the Wheeler Centre.

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Angela Daly

Angela Daly has ten years of experience in academia, activism and policy-making concerning the law, ethics and communications technologies. She is currently a research fellow in the Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology, a member of Electronic Frontiers Australia’s board, and is finalising her PhD at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy.

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Michael Fraser

Professor Michael Fraser was a founder of Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) and CEO for 21 years, as well as a founding director of Australian, foreign and international copyright management organisations. He is chairman of the Australian Copyright Council.

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Simon Groth

Simon Groth’s stories can go anywhere, from tangled relationships and virtual writers to rock music and sleep disorders. His first two novels were shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and his short fiction has been published in Australia and the US.

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Lori Flekser

Lori Flekser has worked in the Australian film and television industry since 1982. She is the General Manager of the Motion Picture Distributors Association, the Executive Director of the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation, and the Co-Chair of the Australian International Documentary Conference.

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Suelette Dreyfus

Dr Suelette Dreyfus is an award-winning writer and journalist.

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Elmo Keep

Elmo Keep is a writer and broadcaster working across print, television and online.


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