Monthly Archive for: ‘September, 2013’

The times they are a changin’? Innovation patents system review

The Options Paper of the Australian Government’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP), issued in August 2013, sets out various reform options for innovation patents, including their complete abolition. Final submissions on ACIP’s review of innovation patents, initiated in 2011, can be submitted to mail.acip@ipaustralia.gov.au by 4 October 2013. Innovation patents & ACIP’s review Innovation patents were established in 2001 …

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Life on the Social Media Front Line: The legal and ethical challenges facing Online Community Managers

Visualise this scenario.  First, you are a lawyer (okay, I know this is tough for some).  Secondly, social media is a burgeoning legal area where you need to know more.  Thirdly, and bravely (given you are risk averse, somewhat conservative and nervous about causing offence), you have signed up to a range of social media platforms.  This is Phase 1. …

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Spot The Difference: Ministry of Sound sues Spotify for copyright infringement

To those who have ever created an awesome Ministry-esque playlist on Spotify – you may have just got them into trouble. In September this year, Ministry of Sound, famous for their dance music compilations (think “Addicted to Bass”, “Sessions”, “Chillout Sessions” and the now-ironically named “On the Download”), have sued Spotify for copyright infringement in the UK High Court. Spotify …

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“You can’t stop the music” – Village People cop Victor Willis celebrates regain of copyright interest

When the clock struck midnight on 13 September 2013, Victor Willis, original Policeman from the Village People, is said to have regained his copyright interest in many of the band’s hits, including YMCA. To recap on our post from last year, Willis co-wrote many of the band’s biggest hits (who could forget In the Navy) and performed as the lead …

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Did Australia’s liberal approach to naming political parties backfire?!

As the dust settles on last Saturday’s Federal election, one of the more interesting outcomes to emerge is the likely election of six new Senators from five ‘micro’ parties – the Palmer United Party, the Family First party, the Australian Motor Enthusiast Party, the Australian Sports Party and the Liberal Democrats.  One of the incoming Senators is Mr David Leyonhjelm …

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Are you a High Court junky? Get your fix with online audio-visual recordings from 1st October 2013

Improving public access to justice, the High Court of Australia will make audio-visual recordings of its hearings available from the 1st of October, 2013. Footage of all Full Court hearings in Canberra will be made available via the High Court homepage www.hcourt.gov.au a few days after hearing, to allow for vetting of recordings for any information subject to a non-publication order. …

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Don’t forget to read the fine print – proposed changes to Facebook’s policies as a result of $20million class settlement

Fancy yourself as the face of a major brand? Facebook’s proposed refresh of its advertising and data use policy (as a result of a $20million class action settlement) means your big break might be just around the corner.  However, the catch is, you won’t be paid for it, nor be aware of what you are endorsing. These issues are what …

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A black and white ban on software patents in NZ? Not ‘as such’…

Peter Jackson made New Zealand famous for trolls, but when it comes to “patent trolls” and their potential to stifle innovation, especially in the software sphere, it appears the New Zealand legislature has been less welcoming. This week, a proposed amendment to the Patents Act to exclude computer programs (i.e. software) from patentable subject matter met with almost unanimous approval. …

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More patent changes on the way: compulsory licensing and a trans-Tasman regime

In what has already been a big year for changes to IP legislation in Australia (especially for patent law), more changes are on the way. Not to be confused with the reforms made under the Intellectual Property Law Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 (Cth), a new Intellectual Property Laws Amendment Bill 2013 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) was introduced into the …

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