Beginner’s Guide to Intellectual Property Protection

August 25, 2015 | Moira McKenzie

You need to think about your IP! Are you a new up-and-coming artist or a small entertainment business wanting to expand?  Then before you go any further you need to think about protecting your intellectual property (IP).  Entertainment industries thrive on the commercialisation of creativity, which means you will benefit from protecting your brand and…

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Happy Birthday ©

August 22, 2015 | Moira McKenzie

It’s a song that has been named the most recognisable in the English language, but you may not believe that publicly singing it without permission requires you to pay. The ‘Happy Birthday’ song is owned by corporate giant Warner Chappell Music, who earns around US$2 million in royalties each year. Originally sung as ‘Good Morning…

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A win for the Dallas Buyers Club pirates

August 14, 2015 | Moira McKenzie

The Federal Court today ruled that unless Voltage Pictures and Dallas Buyers Club LLC pay a $600,000 bond, they will not be able to obtain the names and addresses of the Australians accused of illegally downloading the movie. In April, the Federal Court ordered ISPs to hand over the personal information linked to the infringing…

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