The ABC Copyright Planning Committee is committed to providing a welcoming, safe, and harassment-free environment for participants, speakers, and guests of the ABC Copyright Conference. 

We do not tolerate harassment* of any kind.

Disrespectful or discriminatory actions, language, or imagery with regard to race, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, disability, or genetic characteristics are not appropriate.

We expect our participants to:

  1. Promote a safe environment for everyone that is free from harassment*;
  2. Be respectful of different dimensions, perspectives and lived experiences among participants and to be sensitive to the impact their communications and behaviors have on others.

All conference participants and organizers are subject to the Code of Conduct.

*What is harassment?

For the purpose of this Code of Conduct, harassment includes (but is not limited to):

  • Offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, language spoken, race, ethnicity, citizenship status, or religion,
  • Sustained disruption of meetings, talks or other events,
  • Sexual language and imagery in event spaces, including talks, social events, and online media,
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following,
  • Unwelcome photography or recording without permission,
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.

Harassment does not include constructive disagreement and the Code of Conduct should not discourage vigorous debate, but rather derogatory and/or disrespectful comments or behaviour. Targeted and disruptive behavior does not qualify as an exercise of academic freedom.


Individuals who witness or experience unacceptable behaviour or have any other concerns are encouraged to come forward immediately by filling out this form or emailing

Any action(s) to be taken will be decided by the ABC Copyright Planning Committee.

Individuals asked to cease a behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Serious or repeated contraventions of this Code could result in expulsion from the event. If needed, local law enforcement may be involved.


This Code of Conduct was adapted from the CARL Code of Conduct.

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