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Grant McAvaney. Image supplied

As the conference program continues to fill out, IPEd is pleased to confirm Grant McAvaney, CEO of the Australian Copyright Council, will join us to speak on recent changes to copyright legislation – in particular, fair dealing.

Grant is a senior media and IP lawyer. Before joining the Copyright Council he was a Partner at Minter Ellison, Senior Legal Counsel at Ninemsn, and head of the ABC’s Disputes & Litigation team. Grant has an active interest in intellectual property, and often lectures media law to university students, as well as members of the Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance. Grant has also performed pro bono work for the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

While Grant’s fascination with copyright in part comes from his broken dreams of becoming a famous solo singer/songwriter, he is now a passionate advocate for the rights of creators, and the importance of copyright in the Australian cultural landscape.

Copyright for Editorial Gatekeepers

There is enough to worry about when editing creative works without also having to deal with complex, headache-inducing legal issues. Thankfully, when it comes to copyright law, even a little (sound) knowledge goes a very long way. Grant will give an overview of the ‘must-knows’ in the world of copyright; important items that should set off – or turn off – ‘alarm bells’ during editing.

His presentation will highlight:

  • when consent is or is not required when using the creative works of others, including the application of ‘fair dealing’ defences available in the Australian Copyright Act
  • the potential problem of ‘self-plagiarism’, whereby contractual rights may alter the usual position in copyright
  • some potential legal changes on the horizon that are worth keeping in mind.

Copyright, Contracts, Insurance and Payment

While we’re on the topic of copyright, you can still register for the Copyright, Contracts, Insurance and Payment pre-conference workshop on legal issues for professional editors. This workshop will be presented by Suzanne Derry, a senior solicitor at the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

All workshop participants will also have access to a free legal advice clinic, with individual times to follow the workshop, booked on a first-come, first-served basis. This clinic will provide individual editors a chance to speak confidentially with a lawyer about their specific circumstance and legal questions. Don’t miss this chance to access legal advice specific to your situation, free of charge!

What about the rest of the program?

Good news: the full program is now available! After a record number of submissions and a marathon of debating, discussing, theming, slotting, negotiating and locking presentations, panels and symposia into the available times, we can finally reveal that the focus of the concurrent sessions will be divided into the following thematic streams:

  • Academic Editing
  • Ethics in Editing
  • OH&S for Editors
  • Editing for Accessibility
  • Marketing Your Editing Business
  • Editing Across Platforms and formats
  • Trends in Information and Communications Technologies
  • Professional Practice and Development
  • For the Love of Words.

Keep in mind that the detailed program remains subject to change without prior notice if factors beyond our control so dictate.

You can still register for the conference at the discounted early bird rates until Wednesday COB, and the sooner you register the sooner you can sort your flights and accommodations. What are you waiting for?

Lead image: Javier Allegue Barros, via Unsplash