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 The campaign was cooked up by Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR), and focuses on releasing unpublished works from indefinite copyright protection.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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Congratulations to Megan Washington!

July 2, 2015 | Darren Sanicki

Congratulations and well wishes to Megan Washington, one of Paul O’Gorman’s clients. Megan announced that she will be supporting Elton John in The Hunter Valley when he tours in December. Very humbled to announce that I'll be opening for Elton John in the Hunter Valley on December 5. Insert photo… http://t.co/CBu7QsQpU3 — Megan Washington (@WASHINGTONx)…

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Paul O’Gorman joins GI & Sanicki Lawyers!

July 1, 2015 | Darren Sanicki

Darren Sanicki and Paul O’Gorman are excited to announce the merger of their law firms GI & Sanicki Lawyers and Paul O’Gorman Entertainment Lawyers in what is probably a first for the Entertainment Industry in this country.   Darren and Paul, through their respective firms, have each carved their own niche in the music and…

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Melbourne design duo ripped off by Target

June 30, 2015 | Darren Sanicki

In a recent interview for the ABC’s 7.30, Pat McGrath spoke to Peaches and Keen, a small design company that claim Target used their designs without authority. Pat McGrath reports, “In February this year, the design duo Peaches and Keen discovered an almost exact copy of one of their artworks reproduced on fabric used for…

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ASCRIBE: Exciting News for Copyright Owners Online

June 29, 2015 | Darren Sanicki

ASCRIBE has struck the perfect balance for copyright owners. Via ASCRIBE, authors of creative works can upload photos onto the bitcoin blockchain to be seen, shared, bought and sold by users but never duplicated. Once uploaded, it creates a “digital certificate,” which can be used by creators to licence and transfer works. Creator’s can also…

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Facebook’s New App Raises Concerns For Users’ Privacy

June 24, 2015 | Darren Sanicki

Facebook is rolling in another app that has Consumer Watchdogs around the globe concerned for its invasion into users’ personal information. The app, “moments”, is undoubtedly useful as it collects and organises photos based on where you’ve been, and who you’re with using facial recognition software on the photos on your phone. What has the…

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