Welcome to the first issue of the Fortnightly Review. The Fortnightly Review is a fortnightly online journal hosted by IPRIA and the CMCL at the University of Melbourne. Our mission is to provide a forum for independent and critical and cross-disciplinary analysis of issues and ideas to do with IP & Media Law, drawing on the talents of an eclectic group of (mostly academic) writers from Australia and elsewhere.
We draw inspiration from the original Fortnightly Review, founded in 1865 by Anthony Trollope and others with the mission of providing an open forum for the discussion of issues and ideas – its eclectic range of writers including some of the most distinguished public intellectuals of the day. Early issues of the (original) Fortnightly included essays by Walter Bagehot on ‘The English Constitution’, Anthony Trollope’s first chapters from The Belton Estate, and George Eliot writing on ‘The Influence of Rationalism’. Similarly, in later issues its writers covered topics of literature, science, politics and law, offering a variety of insights and viewpoints without any sense of narrow professional specialism. In the fortnights to come we set out to recreate a sense of open-minded exchange between lawyers and non-lawyers in the fields of IP & Media Law where the law’s effect on commercial and social practices is profound and ingrained.
We begin modestly. This issue includes a brief description of some important recent copyright cases in the Australian Federal Court and draws your attention to public events being hosted by IPRIA and the CMCL where they will be discussed and debated by experts in copyright law and economics. Look out for future issues where the content will become more substantial and will include, as well as references to important current developments, opinion pieces and commentaries of various kinds.
From the editors