Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


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We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Kylie Pappalardo
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Business & Law


The VRES project is part of a broader research project that examines the impact of copyright law in Australia’s screen industries (film + TV). The broader project seeks to increase the distribution of Australian screen content by improving copyright regulation and practice. The VRES project will focus on one aspect of this - older and archived content. Specifically, what legal and practical changes are needed to help Australia reclaim economic and cultural value from archived audiovisual content that is not currently accessible?

Most Australian content on subscription video-on demand services like Netflix and Stan is less than five years old. Older and niche content is only sporadically available, often disappearing from online services without notice as licensing deals are renegotiated. Meanwhile, broadcasters, cultural institutions and government bodies hold significant archives of past program material, but much of this is not available to the public online. The project aims to work with these organisations to better understand the particular copyright and licensing challenges they face in making historically and culturally significant content available in a digital form.

Research activities

You will work with the project lead (Dr Kylie Pappalardo) and external partners (e.g. the National Film and Sound Archive) to document the challenges faced by organisations in making archival screen content more widely available to the Australian public. You will use a case-study approach to select two to three items in Australia's screen archives and to map the legal rights and interests in those items, as well as the processes for and impediments to obtaining legal clearances to make those items publicly available for viewing and reuse.


With your supervisor, the case studies may be written up as a short article, report and/or media piece for publication.

Skills and experience

Some prior knowledge of copyright law (such as through completing LLB344 Intellectual Property Law) is preferred.



Contact the supervisor for more information.