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Australian IP Law open textbook

  1. Why Open Textbooks?
  2. How Do We Achieve This?
    1. Content and Collaboration
    2. License and Attribution
  3. How to Contribute
    1. Guiding principles

This is a collaborative, free open textbook about Australian Intellectual Property Law. The underlying concept behind this open textbook is to make Intellectual Property Law more accessible — both physically and conceptually for students. This book aims to be a complete university level textbook.

You can find our complete course of accompanying IP videos on YouTube: Australian IP law.

We also have an open textbook about internet law and regulation: Governing the Internet

Why Open Textbooks?

The textbook market is flawed - students are paying too much, and do not have choice in the books they buy. We are creating a set of open educational resources that are free for the world to use.

Watch the introductory video to learn more about what we’re doing.

How Do We Achieve This?

This is achieved through collaborating with leading academics in the field of Australian Intellectual Property Law, curating and creating a textbook which is accessible. The open textbook is free to access and use and the content is provided in a variety of formats- written in plain english, detailed case notes, information tables, infographics and video explainers.

Content and Collaboration

This open textbook has been created through collaboration. The open textbook was curated and edited by Associate Professor Nicolas Suzor, Dr Kylie Pappalardo and Jessica Stevens. There is a full list of collaborators at the bottom of this page -without the collaborators this open textbook would not have been possible.

License and Attribution

This open textbook is published under a Creative Commons BY-SA license (CC BY-SA) version 4.0. This means that this book can be reused, remixed, retained, revised and redistributed (including commercially) as long as appropriate credit is given to the authors. If you remix, or modify the original version of this open textbook, you must redistribute all versions of this open textbook under the same license - CC BY-SA.

How to Contribute

We would love your help writing this book!

If you have any questions, please contact Nic at

Licence grant: The main condition of participating is that you must agree to license any of your contributions under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence. This enables any person to copy, modify, and distribute this book (including commercially). Importantly, however, it will always be ‘open’: anyone who distributes material based on this book must do so under the same licence.

What can I do? We have provided an outline structure. Here’s a few ways you can participate - feel free to do any of the following:

  • Take any dot point and expand it into a sentence or two in prose.
  • If you are a current student who normally writes notes for class, copy and paste your notes into places where you think it will be helpful.
  • You can copy-edit the work of others: make it simpler, easier to understand.
  • For any section where it would be useful, copy and paste material from another free and open source into our book. Remember, you may only copy and paste material that is in the Public Domain or licensed under one of CC BY or CC BY-SA.

Some places you might like to start are:

  • Wikipedia (CC BY-SA)
  • (CC BY)
  • (CC BY SA)
  • (CC BY)

Formatting: Make sure that formatting is correct and the appropriate styles are used.

Guiding principles

This book is designed to be:

  • easy to understand; we use simple, clear language.
  • concise: we aim to keep this book short and to the point.
  • practical: we provide examples and context to make this applicable.
  • rich: we integrate free videos, quizzes, and other materials into this book to make it a complete research for learning Australian Intellectual Property law.

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