UTS professor to head Australian Copyright Council

In summary: 
  • Leading copyright expert Professor Michael Fraser has been elected the new Chairman of the Australian Copyright Council
  • The Director of UTS's Communications Law Centre said the challenge for the Council and everyone interested in intellectual property was to make copyright work as "the backbone of an information society"

The Director of UTS's Communications Law Centre, Professor Michael Fraser, has been elected the new Chairman of the Australian Copyright Council.

The Council is an independent non-profit organisation, partly funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, with a mission to advance the arts and creative industries in Australia by promoting the value of copyright.

The Council's 24 members include the peak bodies for Australian writers, musicians, photographers, visual artists, journalists, film makers and architects.

Professor Fraser, who was a founder and CEO of the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) for twenty one years and a founding director of Australian, foreign and international copyright management organisations, has been a director of the Australian Copyright Council since 2001.

Professor Fraser said, "I'm honoured to have been elected Chairman of the Australian Copyright Council, which has been the leading source of copyright knowledge and advocacy in Australia since 1968.

"It is an important time for the Council with the Australian Law Reform Commission review of the Copyright Act having begun under Commissioner, Professor Jill McKeough.

"The challenge for the Copyright Council and everyone interested in intellectual property is to make copyright work as the backbone of an information society and a driver of innovation long after the mining boom is over," Professor Fraser said.

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