Judging Panel

 

Professor Michael Fraser AM

Professor Michael Fraser AM is a Professor of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney and Director of the Communications Law Centre, UTS, Australia’s independent, non-profit, public interest centre specialising in communications, media and online law and policy. He was a founder and CEO of the Copyright Agency for twenty one years and a founding Director of Australian, foreign and international copyright management organisations. Professor Fraser is Chairman of the Australian Copyright Council, Chairman of the Stolen Generations Testimonies Foundation and a Director of the Dictionary of Sydney Trust.

Charles Alexander

Charles Alexander was a Partner and then Senior Legal Consultant at Minter Ellison before leaving the firm in June 2015. He has specialised in intellectual property for more than 30 years and was recognised for his leading copyright and privacy expertise. He regularly advised major media, broadcasting, telecommunications, and entertainment industry clients on strategies to commercialise and protect their copyright, and has considerable experience in the enforcement and protection of IP rights. Charles is recognised as a leading intellectual property, trademark and copyright lawyer in key peer guides. He is now an independent legal consultant.

Lesley Power

Lesley is a media, entertainment and arts lawyer. She is the General Counsel of SBS, and a member of the senior executive team. In her role she is responsible for all legal requirements of the business, as well as contributing to development of strategy, risk management and regulatory compliance. Prior to joining SBS, Lesley was a senior lawyer at the ABC. She started her career as an arts and entertainment lawyer specialising in performance, film, music, literature, copyright and intellectual property, defamation and litigation. Lesley has served as a Director on the Boards of Artspace and the Performance Space. She is currently on the Board of Critical Path, Australia’s leading centre for choreographic research and dance development. She is a member of the Law Council of Australia, Media and Communications Committee: 2005-present.

Jeremy Thorpe

Jeremy Thorpe is a partner in PwC’s national Economics & Policy practice. He has a long interest in the economic analysis of copyright law and policy, and the application of economic frameworks to value copyrights. Jeremy has presented expert economic evidence in the Australian and New Zealand Copyright Tribunals and in the Portugese civil system. Jeremy has served on two WIPO economic expert groups addressing the valuation of copyright industries and piracy losses.

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