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Steve holds an LL.B (Hons), MA Cyberculture and Law and a PhD (focused on copyright law and fair use). He has a wide and varied teaching background. He taught media studies, Web design, generic computer skills, networking, music technology and an array of legal areas (including contract, tort, company, criminal, employment, property, family, insurance, media) at the South East Essex College (UK). He also developed and delivered media law components for BA and BSc programmes run in conjunction with the University of Essex. Steve has also taught law for a range of professional qualifications such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Chartered Institute of Insurers, National Council for the Training of Journalists and in addition he ran the Institute of Legal Executives course. Since moving to Australia in 2002, Steve has taught digital media production and media law in the Department of MMCCS.

He has served as Program Director for a number of programs including the BA-Media, Bachelor of Marketing and Media, and Interactivity and Games major. Steve has also served on a number of departmental, faculty and university committees concerning learning and teaching, and standards and quality.

Steve also produces music under the names INfest8, Other, and z(cluster), and remixes bands from around the world from his studio in Sydney. He has released a number of albums and was an early proponent of online music delivery services. Music production and remixing tie into his research foci on authorship, creativity and technology. He has produced, remixed and collaborated with the likes of The Birthday Massacre, Dream Disciples, Death Abyss, Konqistador, Pleasant Stitch, Coph Nia, The Abyss Collective, and The Proxy, amongst others. He worked on Sara Noxx's 2015 release 'Entre Quatre Yeux', which spent three weeks at #1 in the German charts for alternative music. Through 2018-2019 he produced 'Nafada' with Konqistador, a collaboration with various female, Arab and Arab/Muslim hip-hop artists. "Eden, Woman's War" is the first single from the album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_0OBb7a9us and 'Hamazan' is the second single: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG4att9uexc. Although released worldwide, 'Nafada' was targeted squarely at the MENA (Middle East, North Africa) region. "Eden, Woman's War" reached #21 in the iTunes charts for Saudi Arabia and was featured on a number of influential Spotify playlists for International Women's Day 2019.

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Macquarie University

Law, MA Cyberculture and Law, Macquarie University

Law, LL.B (Hons), Anglia Ruskin University

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Projects 2013 2015

Research Outputs 2004 2019

Mastering 2.0: the real or perceived threat of DIY mastering and automated mastering systems

Collins, S., Renzo, A., Keith, S. & Mesker, A., 2019, In : Popular Music and Society. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

online service

Open access and the academic field

O'Neil, M. & Collins, S., Apr 2019, In : Journal of peer production. 13

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearch

Open Access

Acting out: resisting copyright monopolies

Collins, S., 2018, The Routledge companion to media and activism. Meikle, G. (ed.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 346-354 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Fair enough? How technology and the law shape creative mashups

Collins, S. & Young, S., Apr 2017, In : Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin. 30, 3, p. 46-50 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Is traditional IP so yesterday?

Collins, S. & Young, S., May 2017, In : Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin. 30, 4, p. 74-77 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch