Starting your Band 101

February 12, 2016 | Maddalena Rinaldi

When you started your band in your friend’s garage, did you think you’d have to worry about IP protection?   Your band’s reputation – and hence bookability and potential record deals – is indisputably associated with the band’s name.  If someone else sets themselves up under your band name, what rights do you have?   The…

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Dallas Buyers Club LLC abandons legal action

February 11, 2016 | Maddalena Rinaldi

An alleged 4,726 Australian pirates of the Academy Award winning US film, Dallas Buyers Club, can now sleep easier. The film’s copyright holders have dropped their action against iiNet’s customers after a two year legal battle.   Voltage Pictures LLC and Dallas Buyers Club LLC’s lawyers have confirmed they will not be pursuing further legal…

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Spotify Facing Legal Battle

February 10, 2016 | Moira McKenzie

IT might have changed the way the world consumes music, but music giant Spotify is facing the first real threat to its successfully business model with a $150 million legal battle. American musician David Lowery is suing the service for $150million in damages for unpaid royalties as well as illegal distribution of his songs, which…

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5 Hot Tips to Avoid Litigation

February 8, 2016 | Casey Gosper

Unless you’re a lawyer, chances are that you will want to avoid litigation.  Although it may seem attractive to “have your day” in Court, steps should always be taken in order to avoid litigation.  There are several reasons for this, the most common being, costs, uncertainty, time and emotional toll.  Here are my five hot…

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