Informed by her early career as an information technology consultant, Rebecca's research focuses on the regulation of computing industries, the internet and emerging technologies. Her book Code Wars (Edward Elgar, 2011, www.codewarsbook.com) recounts the legal and technological history of the first decade of the P2P file sharing era, focusing on the innovative and anarchic ways in which P2P technologies evolved in response to decisions reached by courts with regard to their predecessors. The book develops a compelling new theory to explain why a decade of ostensibly successful litigation failed to reduce the number, variety or availability of P2P file sharing applications – and highlights ways the law might need to change if it is to have any meaningful effect in future. Rebecca sits on the Board of the Australian Digital Alliance, is a regular co-host of the Geek Club radio segment on ABC Melbourne's 'Drive' program and is a member of Monash University's law faculty. She holds a first class honours degree in law, a PhD in copyright law, and a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. During 2011 Rebecca was the Kernochan Center Visiting International Intellectual Property Scholar at Columbia Law School in New York.
Code Wars recounts the legal and technological history of the first decade of...
Peer Reviewed Publications
Australia's High Court rules on ISP's liability for user infringements, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (2012)
This paper provides a brief summary of the Australian iiNet litigation, which sought to hold...
On the (new) New Zealand graduated response law (and why it’s unlikely to achieve its aims), Telecommunications Journal of Australia (2012)
In 2011 New Zealand controversially introduced a “three strikes” graduated response law. Under this law,...
Optus v NRL: A Seismic Shift for Time Shifting in Australia, European Intellectual Property Review (2012)
In Optus v NRL, Australia’s Federal Court recently held that consumers had broad rights to...
Stranded in the Technological Dark Ages: Implications of the Full Federal Court’s Decision in NRL v. Optus, European Intellectual Property Review (2012)
Australia’s Full Federal Court recently overturned the findings of the trial judge in the Optus...
The P2P Wars: How Code Beat Law, IEEE Internet Computing (2012)
Why didn't years of fierce litigation result in less file sharing software being developed?
Megaupload in mega trouble (so back-up your online content), The Conversation (2012)
ABC 774 Radio debate: That technology is ruining our lives (with Rafael Epstein and Lawrence Mooney) (2012)
ABC 774 Radio Debate - that technology is ruining our lives. Lawrence Mooney for the...