The Australian Copyright Council is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 GC O’Donnell Copyright Essay Prize; Mark Robert Dy, Romil Mehta and Janani Iyer for their work, “Doing Business with Wizards, Spider-Men, and Jedi Knights - Managing Intellectual Property and Fandom in the Experience Economy”.  The piece was an entertaining analysis of the use and creation of copyright material by fans of popular cultural material within the Australian copyright law framework.

Mark Dy, the primary author and editor was awarded the prize by Australian Copyright Council Chair, Kate Haddock at the 19th Copyright Law Symposium dinner held at the QVB Tea Rooms on 22 October 2019.

The GC O’Donnell Copyright Essay Prize Competition, held every two years in conjunction with the Copyright Symposium, is in honour of the late Gustaf (Gus) Charles O’Donnell, author and founder of the Australian Copyright Council and leading thinker on copyright in Australia. A prize of $3,500 is awarded to the author of an essay displaying original thinking on a topic of the author’s choice in relation to copyright and the protection of the interests of authors. The competition is open to any interested persons including authors, lawyers and students.