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February 21 @ 18:00 - 19:00

$25 - $80

It may seem a morbid topic for our first 2018 event – but it’s an important one. While the death of a creator is a key milestone in a copyright’s lifecycle, the interaction between copyright law and succession is often less well understood.

A panel of experts will explore the implications of death for the estates of deceased authors and rights holders and the consequences for executors, co-owners, licensees, beneficiaries and orphans, within the framework of copyright law and the laws governing probate, the administration of deceased estates and the regulation of business entities.



Therese Catanzariti BEc, LLB (Hons) (Syd), LLM (Merit) (Lond) is a barrister at 13 Wentworth Chambers, Sydney and the lecturer of the Copyright and Designs modules in the Diploma of Law, Legal Practitioners Admission Board. She also lectured “Entertainment Law” in the UNSW Masters of Law, “Designs” and “Copyright” in the UTS Masters of IP, and at Sydney University.
Before being called to the NSW Bar, she was a senior associate specialising in entertainment law at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney, and Senior Legal Counsel at GE Healthcare and Nokia in Helsinki, Finland and Uppsala, Sweden. Her intellectual property professional practice has included entertainment law, patent standardisation, open source licensing, IT licensing and IP piracy litigation.


Ian has been a Special Counsel with Simpsons since April 2011. Prior to joining Simpsons, Ian worked for 17 years specialising in copyright at the Australian Copyright Council at which he became a Senior Lawyer.
He is a well-known and popular speaker and writer on copyright, moral rights and performer’s rights. Since the beginning of 2014, Ian has also lectured in “Cultural Property, Ethics and Law” in the Master of Art Administration at the University of New South Wales Art & Design (what was the College of Fine Arts), covering – among other things – topics as diverse as sedition, privacy, defamation, obscenity, censorship and governance issues relating to museums and galleries.


Damian Rinaldi is the founder and principal of Sonic Lawyers and Sonic Rights Management.  Sonic Lawyers is a legal and business consultancy focusing on the entertainment, technology and creative industries, while Sonic Rights Management supports copyright owners and creators in managing their copyright interests effectively.
Prior to Sonic, Damian headed the legal & business affairs departments at music companies Alberts and Sony Music.
During his career, Damian has worked with numerous deceased estates of recording artists and songwriters, from the likes of Elvis Presley, Joe Strummer and Irving Berlin, to members of AC/DC, The Easybeats, The Angels and Rose Tattoo.
Damian has seen the effects of death on copyright interests first-hand, and wants to empower creators and their heirs to have copyright forge a legacy. Damian is also the current President of the Copyright Society of Australia.

CHAIR: Adam Flynn, Senior Solicitor, Arts Law Centre of Australia


February 21
18:00 - 19:00
$25 - $80
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Copyright Society of Australia
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