Call for Papers: 2018 Conference of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association: Copyright Licensing and Regulation in the Asian Pacific (Renmin Univ. Beijing)

Call for Papers: 2018 Conference of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association: Copyright Licensing and Regulation in the Asian Pacific

October 26–28, 2018
School of Law
Renmin University of China
Beijing, China



This year’s theme provides ample scope for scholars in diverse areas of copyright law. Copyright licensing and copyright regulation are of course common to all countries in the region, but there are likely to be many practical and conceptual differences in their underlying policies and application throughout the Asian Pacific

For instance, most countries of the region will be familiar with the concepts of collective licences and compulsory licences. However, there are likely to be different perspectives of the merits of these licences within the region. For instance, are compulsory licences administered in a way that is fair to the creators in a particular country? Is the number of collective licensing bodies sufficient to ensure competitive behaviours?

Open licensing of copyright works has its advantages and disadvantages. Yet many governments and creators have adopted open licensing regimes for their copyright works, without necessarily considering the debates around these regimes.

It is well-established that copyright licensing has assumed great importance in relation to digital products. International trading in consumer products has been facilitated by the online environment, but frequently the concept of ‘sale’ has been replaced by a copyright licence. Some countries will question whether and how this change aligns with copyright’s first sale doctrine, or with their parallel importing regulations.

Similarly, in this digital age, the expectations of students and teachers in regard to educational materials have changed, while the signing of the Marrakesh Treaty has expanded the ability of member states to provide accessible materials to their sight-impaired citizens.  Has appropriate domestic regulation been put in place to achieve these new developments? How might cultural and indigenous works be included in copyright regulation?

Border control of copyright works is another important area pertaining to regulation, as is the increasing significance of private ordering.

Finally, an evolving and topical area within the legal academy is that of artificial intelligence and intellectual property. Is the protection of artificial intelligence appropriately confined to the patent system? Or does copyright also have a role to play? If so, how might copyright regulation be expanded to address this new area?

The APCA Executive Committee invites you to submit a paper proposal, including an abstract (max. 500 words), the author’s name, title and affiliation. Scholars of all levels of experience are invited to submit proposals. We will strive to achieve diversity of representation across the Asian Pacific in the selection process.

Please send your English proposal to the APCA President, A/Prof. Susan Corbett, at, or Chinese proposal to A/Prof. Luo, Li, at by no later than 17 August 2018. Notification of the outcome of the selection process will be by early September 2018.

Organizing Committee

  • Susan Corbett, Associate Professor, Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Jessica C. Lai, Senior Lecturer, Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Luo, Li, Associate Professor, School of Law, Renmin University of China
  • Natalie Stoianoff, Professor, University of Technology Sydney