Copyright and Creativity: Is Australian Policy Hurting Creators?

GUEST PRESENTER: Professor Patricia Aufderheide (Fulbright Senior Fellow 2017, Queensland University of Technology; American University)

Date: 26 May, 2017
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Copyright is designed to promote national culture by providing incentives to creators, both through rewards to those who have already made work (copyright monopolies) and through incentives to those who are making new work to access current copyright culture (copyright exceptions/user rights). The balance between the two is the sweet spot for national culture, innovation, and creative industries. Is Australia hitting the right balance? A survey of Australian creators shows some stresses in today's copyright policy.​



Professor Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and founder of the Center for Media & Social Impact, where she continues as Senior Research Fellow. She is also affiliate faculty in the School of International Service and the History department at American University, and a member of the Film and Media Arts division in the School of Communication. In 2017, she is a Fulbright Scholar at Queensland University of Technology. Her books include Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (University of Chicago), with Peter Jaszi; Documentary: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford), The Daily Planet (University of Minnesota Press), and Communications Policy in the Public Interest (Guilford Press). She co-coordinates the Fair Use and Free Speech project at the Center with Prof. Peter Jaszi of the Washington College of Law. She has been a Fulbright and John Simon Guggenheim fellow and has served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival. Aufderheide has received numerous journalism and scholarly awards, including the George Stoney award for service to documentary from the University Film and Video Association in 2015, a research award from the International Communication Association in 2011, Woman of Vision award from Women in Film and Video (DC) in 2010, a career achievement award in 2008 from the International Digital Media and Arts Association and the Scholarship and Preservation Award in 2006 from the International Documentary Association.

Professor Patricia Aufderheide


About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

The research seminar and workshop series' occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

The seminars occur on a Friday afternoon from 3-4 pm in Room 601 in the Michie Building (#9).

Semester 1, 2017 Seminars & Workshops


Week 5:
Wednesday, 29 March

Seminar:  The disruptions of gold: some archaeology of the literary cultures of the global south

IASH Seminar Room, Level 4, Forgan Smith Tower (Bldg #1)

Prof Philip Mead, Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Western Australia

Week 6:
Friday, 7 April

Seminar: Strategising communication and collective action towards sustainable nomadic livelihoods (Mongolia)​

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

A/Prof Elske Van de Fliert

Week 8:
Friday, 28 April

Seminar: Ageing in a foreign land: A social identity approach to enhancing connectedness and well-being

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

A/Prof Shuang Liu

Week 9:
Friday, 5 May

Workshop: ARC Applications - What I Wish I'd Known

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Afternoon tea will be served in the kitchen area of level 6 of Michie building at the end of the session

Dr Kim Wilkins

Aims: To provide information on the do's and don'ts related to preparing for ARC grant applications

Audience: Early Career Researchers; Staff new to the ARC

Week 10:
Friday, 12 May

Workshop: ARC Fellowships - When, Why & How

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Afternoon tea will be served in the kitchen area of level 6 of Michie building at the end of the session


A/Prof Anna Johnston and Dr Jessica White

Aims: To provide information on ARC future Fellowship, DECRA, & other fellowships

Audience: Staff who are planning to apply for ARC fellowships, and/or other fellowships


Week 11:
Friday, 19 May

Seminar: Hyperlocal Journalism & Digital Disruption

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Scott Downman and Mr Richard Murray
Week 12: 
Friday, 26 May

Seminar: Copyright and Creativity: Is Australian Policy Hurting Creators?

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

University Professor Patricia Aufderheide (School of Communication, American University)
Friday 9 June

Seminar: The Poetics of Religious Toleration in the Long British Eighteenth Century

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Dr Brandon Chua
Exam Period:
Friday, 16 June

Workshop: ARC Linkage Grants - When, Why & How

Room 601, Michie Building (#9)

Afternoon tea will be served in the kitchen area of level 6 of Michie building at the end of the session

A/Prof Shuang LiuMs Sarina Hobbin, Prof Annemaree Carroll

Aims: To provide information on building ARC Linkage grant applications including negotiating with partner organisations

Audience: Staff who are considering developing ARC Linkage grant applications


St Lucia Campus,
Level 6, Michie Building (#9)