Monthly Archive for: ‘April, 2012’

The AFL, NRL & Telstra successfully appeal Optus TV Now decision

The Australian Football League, National Rugby League and Telstra Corporation have succeeded in their appeal against Optus and its parent company, Singtel Optus, for breach of copyright in relation to Optus’ TV Now service.

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Two bands, One Direction: court!

It seems that originality continues to be an issue for boy bands.  “Well-known” UK teen heartthrobs One Direction may have taken a step in the wrong direction as media reports emerged concerning the filing of a lawsuit in the Californian US District Court alleging trade mark infringement and seeking an injunction preventing them from using that name.  The suit was filed by none other than One Direction, a US group with th

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Full Federal Court to hear appeal against generic drug injunction

On 23 April 2012, Katzmann J delivered a judgment that will see the Full Federal Court reconsider an interim (interlocutory) injunction imposed on Generic Health (GH) in relation to the anti-psychotic drug aripiprazole.  The effect of Katzmann J’s orders is to allow the Full Federal Court to hear the application for leave to appeal immediately before, or simultaneously with, the appeal itself.

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Update: High Court unanimously dismisses appeal in Roadshow Films v iiNet

As reported earlier today, the High Court unanimously dismissed the appeal brought by Roadshow Films Pty Ltd and a number of other film and television companies from a decision of the Full Federal Court in Roadshow Films Pty Ltd & Ors v iiNet Limited [2012] HCA 16. 

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Breaking News: High Court confirms iiNet is not liable for peer-to-peer file sharing

Today, the High Court held that iiNet was not liable for copyright infringement by its users or subscribers when they downloaded unauthorised copies of cinematographic films, in the case of Roadshow Films Pty Ltd & Others v iiNet Limited.  This decision affirms the results of the decisions of the Federal Court and Full Federal Court.

Stay tuned for further updates on the reasons for the decision. 

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UPDATED: Raising the Bar Bill becomes law

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Neuroscience in your lunch break? How keeping only some rights reserved is opening up education

We think it’s fair to say that there is quite a bit of IP angst out there in the world.

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Status update: Facebook defriends Yahoo, countersues for patent infringement

Remember last month’s post about Yahoo suing Facebook for infringement of 10 of its patents?  It hasn’t taken Facebook long to strike back.  Last week, the social networking giant brought a counterclaim in the US District Court in San Francisco in which it denies Yahoo’s claims and accuses Yahoo of violating 10 of its patents, including patents for displaying advertising, privacy and photo sharing.

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National business names legislation to commence 28 May 2012

It’s official – with the successful passage of the necessary referral legislation through all states and territories, the new national business names legislation is expected to commence on 28 May 2012.

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