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:


February 18th, 2014

CAMLA's Young Lawyers Event 2014 - another 'sell out'! By Hugh Brolsma, Clayton Utz

CAMLA's second event for young and junior lawyers was held on 11 February 2014 at Baker & McKenzie in Sydney and was well oversubscribed and attended!

Organised by CAMLA's Young Lawyers Committee, the evening took a light-hearted panel format comprising Toby Ryston-Pratt (Deputy Chief Legal Counsel, NBN Co), John Corker (Visiting Fellow, UNSW), Andrew Stewart (Partner, Baker & McKenzie), and Sandy Dawson (Barrister, Banco Chambers) and was moderated by Ryan Grant (Senior Associate, Baker & McKenzie). The panellists provided the audience with fascinating insights into their career journeys so far and advice to young lawyers as to where their law degrees and experience may take them.

The event also included the presentation of awards for the prize-winners in the CAMLA essay competition. Prizes were awarded to Jarrod Bayliss-McCulloch of Baker & McKenzie for his essay entitled "Does Australia need  a ‘right to be forgotten’ ?", Kanin Lwin of The University of Sydney for his essay entitled "Australia’s Privacy Principles And Cloud Computing: Another Way" and to Michael Douglas of The University of Western Australia for his essay entitled "Intervention of Media Organisations in First Instance Proceedings: A Matter of Natural Justice". The essays were judged by representatives of private practice, industry and academia. Awards were announced and presented by CAMLA President, Page Henty.

By all reports the panel presentation, synopses of prize winning essays (and of course plentiful refreshments) we enjoyed by all, with many looking forward to the next event. Particular thanks must go to each of the panellists for their time, insights and advice, and to Baker & McKenzie for hosting the event.

View pictures of the event here.

February 14th, 2014

The CAMLA Board members for 2014 are:

• President: Page Henty (NHNZ / ZooMoo)
• Vice President: Jeremy Briscombe (Yahoo!7)
• Vice President: Caroline Lovell (NBN Co)
• Treasurer/Public Officer – Martyn Taylor (Norton Rose Fulbright)
• Secretary – Geoff Hoffman (Clayton Utz)

Committee members:

• Anita Cade (Ashurst)
• Gillian Clyde (Media Lawyer)
• Bridget Edghill (Truman Hoyle)
• Lynette Ireland (Foxtel)
• Larina Mullins (William Roberts)
• Nick O’Donnell (Yahoo!7)
• Johanna O’Rourke (Corrs Chambers Westgarth)
• Debra Richards (Ausfilm)
• Gulley Shimeld (Henry Davis York)
• Sarah Strasser (NBN Co)

And Communications Law Bulletin editors, Valeska Bloch and Victoria Wark are continuing in their role and are now ex-officio CAMLA Board members.

CAMLA would like to thank outgoing board members, Shane Barber and Andrew Stewart for many years of service to the association.





January 30th, 2014

This event has sold out. If you would like to go on the waitlist please contact

Our speakers will share their career path, discuss their current role and professional highlights:


  • John Corker (Visiting Fellow/Lecturer UNSW)
  • Sandy Dawson (Barrister, Banco Chambers)
  • Toby Ryston-Pratt (Deputy Chief Legal Counsel, NBN Co)
  • Andrew Stewart (Partner, Baker & McKenzie)

Law firms and media companies are encouraged to send younger colleagues to what promises to be a fun and inspiring evening.


Tuesday, 11th February 2014

6:00pm for 6.30pm start, followed by drinks


Baker & McKenzie

Level 27, A.M.P. Centre

50 Bridge Street

Sydney, NSW 2000


The winner of CAMLA Essay competition will also be announced on the night.


Please RSVP by Friday 7th February by one of the following options:

1) Event attendance- $10.00 (includes GST) – RSVP here or take advantage of the membership offers below:

2) CAMLA New Lawyer membership offer- $45.00 (includes GST)

- Entry to Young Lawyers event
- CAMLA membership for one year which includes an annual subscription to the Communications Law Bulletin and a discount on all CAMLA seminars.
This introductory rate is available to new members only who are in their first 5 years of practice (taken from date of admission) and available for the first year of membership only.
RSVP/sign up to new lawyer offer here

3) CAMLA student membership offer- $45.00 (includes GST)
- Entry to Young Lawyers event
- CAMLA membership for one year which includes an annual subscription to the Communications Law Bulletin and a discount on all CAMLA seminars.
Available to full time students who provide their student number and educational institution.
RSVP/sign up to student offer here

4) If you would like to pay by cheque or have any enquiries, please contact or 02) 9399 5595

October 28th, 2013


The Communications and Media Law Association is again holding an essay competition over the summer of 2013-2014.

The purpose of this essay competition is:

To reward original thought in the areas of communications and media law and policy.

To encourage high quality work in communications and media law courses and practice.

To improve links between those studying and starting out working with more established practitioners.

Essays meeting the following criteria are eligible for prizes as determined by the judging panel:?

Essays must relate to communications or media law.

Essays must be the original work of the author.

Essays must be previously unpublished (which may include an essay completed by a student enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course, possibly as part of that course).

Essays must be between 1,000 – 3,000 words (inclusive of all footnotes, annexures, attachments and bibliographies).

Topic selection:

Essays may address any issue relevant to CAMLA and its members. Entrants should consider the commercial, legal, policy and regulatory context of their chosen topic. Essays may draw on relevant international examples (where appropriate).

The judging panel:

Essays will be judged by a panel of three judges (a representative of academia, industry and the legal profession), each a member of CAMLA. Essays will be evaluated on criteria including original thought and analysis. The judges may determine not to award some or all of the prizes. The judges’ determinations will be final.


Prizes will be awarded to the best three essays as follows:

  • 1st prize: $1,000 and a 1 year CAMLA membership
  • 2nd prize: $600 and a 1 year CAMLA membership
  • 3rd prize: $400 and a 1 year CAMLA membership

CAMLA will also arrange travel and accommodation in Sydney for interstate finalists.

Some or all of the prize winning essays, edited in consultation with the author, may be published in the Communications Law Bulletin.

The awards will be made at a special CAMLA Young Lawyers event to be held in Sydney in January 2014* where the finalists will be given the opportunity to speak briefly on their essay topic and enjoy the evening with CAMLA members.

Submission of entries:

Only 1 essay per person may be submitted.

Entries will be accepted by email or post only.

The name, address, email, telephone and fax contacts and the tertiary institution and course in which the author is enrolled (if applicable) should be included either on a separate, detachable sheet or in the covering email.

Entries are to be received by 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 to:

CAMLA Essay Competition



* Location and date to be advised

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