Potential Green Light for Uber in Victoria

May 17, 2016 | Maddalena Rinaldi

It’s happened in South Australia, NSW and the ACT, and now UberX has effectively been legalised in Victoria after a landmark court case.   UberX driver Nathan Brenner has recently been found not guilty on appeal of driving a commercial passenger vehicle without accreditation, and without a commercial license. Although found guilty last year ,…

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Snapshotting: A Violation of Copyright?

April 13, 2016 | Maddalena Rinaldi

Ever decided to take a screenshot of someone’s drunken night out on their Snapchat story? Even without being THAT dodgy mate, have you ever wanted a permanent copy of the image your friend snapped round of their new art work, and subsequently screenshotted it to do so? In both of these cases, you could very…

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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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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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Cooking for Copyright

July 15, 2015 | Moira McKenzie

‘Cooking for Copyright’ is the alliterated campaign raising support for copyright reform in Australia. The campaign was cooked up by Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR), and focuses on releasing unpublished works from indefinite copyright protection. For published works, the duration of copyright is 70 years from the end of the year in…

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