August 13th, 2014

CAMLA would like to thank the following organisations for their generous prize donations for our annual trivia night. The CAMLA Cup is always fun and it would not be possible without your contributions. See you tomorrow night!

Asian Cup 2015
Clayton Utz
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Free TV
Henry Davis York
Holding Redlich
International Institute of Communications, Australia
McCullough Robertson
News Corp
Norton Rose Fulbright
NSW Leagues Club
Truman Hoyle
University of New South Wales
Webb Henderson

August 5th, 2014

The 2014 ASTRA Conference will be held at The Star Event Centre 80 Pyrmont Street Pyrmont, Sydney, NSW on 4 September 2014. Now entering its twentieth year, the Australian subscription television industry is embarking on a period of adjustment which will demand the same superior content, but with new distribution platforms, business models and ways of engaging audiences. Information on sessions and speakers can be found at

ASTRA is offering a 10% discount for all CAMLA members . The discount can be claimed by entering the discount code ASTRA2014 when registering your details at

June 24th, 2014


THURSDAY 14th AUGUST Doors: 6:00pm Event: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

NSW LEAGUES CLUB - home of the old school CAMLA CUP

Level 1, Lounge Bar, 165 Phillip Street, Sydney

Finger food included. Cash bar. Everyone takes home a prize!



CHEQUE PAYMENTS: please contact Cath Hill - or 02) 4294 8059


May 15th, 2014


The ALRC's Report on Copyright and the Digital Economy recommends a number of significant changes to Australian copyright law to meet the challenges of a complex and changing digital environment.

  • Does Australian copyright law need a principles based "fair use" exception to remain relevant?
  • Should third parties (such as cloud storage providers) who facilitate "fair uses" by others be given statutory safe harbours?
  • Do the existing time shifting and format shifting exceptions need to be replaced with a "private non-commercial" fair use exception?
  • Should the broadcasting exceptions and re-transmission rights be replaced with a more technology neutral approach?
  • Do the temporary reproductions exceptions need to be replaced with an ‘incidental or technical use’ fair use exception - to support technological advances in data mining, storage and network distribution?
  • Would such changes provide enough certainty to owners and users - and are they the best way to accommodate technological change, foster lawful innovation and encourage the creation of copyright works?

Professor Jill McKeough, Commissioner in charge of the ALRC's Inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy will address these and many other questions considered by the ALRC in this crucial report.

Clayton Utz

Level 14, 1 Bligh Street, Sydney


6:15pm for 6:30pm start

Drinks and canapés at 7:15pm

$70.00 incl GST (CAMLA members) $95.00 incl GST (non members)    

Please register by Thursday 29th May, 2014.


CHEQUE PAYMENTS: please email


May 7th, 2014

Please note the new phone number for CAMLA is: +61 2 4294 8059 or email

April 17th, 2014



In an increasingly multi-channelled and fragmented digital media landscape, where do we see the role of public broadcasters, primarily as reporters of news and current affairs?

Our panel will examine the issues surrounding public broadcasters in Australia, contrasting them with other comparable jurisdictions, from their origins and charters to their emerging role in the 21st century.

Join us and the panel for an interactive discussion on these issues, with panellists:

Mark Armstrong: Director, Network Insight Institute
Mark Armstrong is the Director the Network Insight Institute.
His earlier roles included: Chair of the ABC Board, Chair of the Broadcasting Council, and Member of the Broadcasting Council. Over 10 years at the UNSW law school, he pioneered teaching of media and communications law courses and also wrote books in those fields.

Jonathan Holmes: media columnist, The Age and former presenter, Media Watch (ABC TV)
Jonathan Holmes has been a television journalist and documentary-maker for almost 45 years.
For five years, from 2008, Jonathan presented the influential weekly television program Media Watch.
In July last year he retired from the ABC and is now a regular columnist on media matters for The Age and (occasionally) the Sydney Morning Herald.

Jock Given: Professor of Media and Communications, The Swinburne Institute, Swinburne Uni of Technology
Jock Given is Professor of Media and Communications at Swinburne University’s Institute for Social Research.
He researches, writes and teaches about communications policy, business, law and history and is leading a research project ‘Spreading Fictions – Distributing Stories in the Online Age’. Jock previously worked as Director of the Communications Law Centre and Policy Advisor at the Australian Film Commission.

Richard Finlayson: Director of Television, ABC
Richard Finlayson joined the ABC as Director of Television in 2013. He has worked in media since 1985, beginning his career as a print journalist in regional NSW. He has built and sold his own successful media and TV production business, and worked for some years in subscription television.

Thursday 15th May
6:00pm for 6:15pm start
Drinks and canapés at 7:00pm

Norton Rose Fulbright
Level 18
Grosvenor Place
225 George St

$95.00 incl GST (non members)

$70.00 incl GST (CAMLA and IICA members)

Please register by Thursday 8th May, 2014 via

Or email if paying by cheque.


April 7th, 2014

There are limited places still available for the Serious Invasions of Privacy seminar on this Thursday 10th April at Ashurst, Sydney.

At this seminar, ALRC Commissioner, Professor Barbara McDonald will be discussing the ALRC's Serious Invasions of Privacy Discussion Paper published on 31 March 2014.

The paper is downloadable here:

and submissions in response to the Paper (including the proposed introduction of a new statutory tort addressing serious invasions of privacy) are due by 12 May 2014.

Reserve your place asap by registering  here.

March 28th, 2014

In its inquiry into ‘Serious invasions of privacy in the digital era’, the Australian Law Reform Commission has been asked to consider ways in which the law might be reformed to prevent or redress serious invasions of privacy including the design of a statutory cause of action.  The ALRC is about to release its Discussion Paper and is due to release its Final Report in June 2014.

CAMLA is pleased to join with the ALRC in bring you an evening of discussion and debate with the ALRC Commissioner, Professor Barbara McDonald and chaired by Sophie Dawson.

Thursday 10th April
6:00 pm for 6:15pm start
Drinks and canapés from 7:00pm

225 George Street

Please RSVP by Friday 4th April by registering here

March 2nd, 2014

The Copyright Law and Practice Symposium is jointly presented by the Australian Copyright Council and the Copyright Society of Australia.

13 and 14 March, Sydney

The Symposium will focus on copyright reform, both in Australia and overseas, and will feature a keynote address by Maria A. Pallante, US Register of Copyrights.

For further details please visit: