The Seven Legal Sins for Artists with Professor John Swinson

12sep12:00 pm1:00 pmThe Seven Legal Sins for Artists with Professor John SwinsonOnline webinar


(Thursday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm(GMT+10:00) View in my time


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Event Details

12pm – 1pm Thursday the 12th of September 2024

In this webinar, Professor John Swinson will discuss legal issues for artists, so that you don’t get sued and can protect your creations.  This seminar will include case studies, so that you can learn from the mistakes of others!

Topics include:

  • Copyright
  • Contracting
  • Compensation
  • Credit
  • Control
  • Can I use AI?

Find out more about John here:

What to Bring:

Please bring questions to discuss with John. Flying Arts also recommends having note-taking materials on hand.

Additional Information:

This online session will be held via ClickMeeting a webinar broadcasting room. The webinar will be recorded and uploaded to Flying Arts’ YouTube with closed captions after the program concludes.

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Additional Information

Your Facilitator: John Swinson is a professor at The University of Queensland in the Law School and he is the course coordinator for Privacy Law, Internet and AI Law, and Business in a Borderless World.  John also teaches cybersecurity law and copyright law.


John Swinson is a former partner of a major international law firm and has 30 years of law firm experience in NY and Australia, with principle focus on technology law and intellectual property law.  Currently, he is principal of boutique law firm Pie Legal.


After graduating from UQ with computer science and law degrees, John continued to Harvard Law School as a Fulbright and Frank Knox Scholar where he received a Masters of Law.  Barak Obama was a member of his graduating class.  John passed the NY bar examination and practiced technology law as an attorney in NY State.


John is a past President of the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association and was Chair of the auDA Policy Review Panel to introduce the new .au domain name space in Australia.

Since 2000, John has been an arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO, which is a United Nations organisation based in Geneva) under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and au Dispute Resolution Policy (auDRP).  John has decided over 690 domain name disputes.


John has represented artists and filmmakers in copyright litigations and dealings including:


  • Richard Bell v Steele [2012] FCA 246
  • TS Production LLC v Drew Pictures Pty Ltd [2008] FCA 1329
  • Dais Studio Pty Ltd v Bullet Creative Pty Ltd [2007] FCA 2054