Category Archive for: ‘Litigation and procedure’

No Flex Zone – Federal Court sends Australian company packing over trade mark dispute

For readers who are fond of a good deli selection, discussions of the chemical composition of plastics, or interesting trade mark issues (or all three) – this one’s for you. The Applicant, Flexopack S.A. Plastics Industry, is a Greek company which sells and distributes thermoplastic food packaging films around the world under the trade mark “Flexopack”. The Applicant has various …

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Haters Gonna Hate (hate, hate, hate, hate): Why are famous singers so often sued for copyright infringement?

Taylor Swift was sued by R&B singer Jesse Braham for US$42 million for alleged copyright infringement in the lyrics of her chart toppings song “Shake it Off”.   Two weeks later, the claim was dismissed. It seems that every famous singer these days has been sued for copyright infringement. Think Pharrell Williams, Beyonce, Jay Z, Sam Smith, Coldplay… and the list …

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Too much of a stretch to recognise copyright in yoga?

The US Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit has held that the famous sequence of yoga poses (or “asanas”) developed by Bikram Choudhury (and performed at 40°C) does not attract copyright protection. A copy of the decision is here. Choudhury sued a yoga studio, Evolation Yoga, established by two former students, which offered hot yoga classes in which the …

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Would you pay for a meme? Getty claims copyright licence fees for Socially Awkward Penguin

Posting a cringeworthy meme can often cost you a few Facebook friends. But what if the next meme you post costs you almost $900? German blog Geeksisters found out the hard way when Getty Images asked them to pay €785.40 in back licensing fees for posting the famous Socially Awkward Penguin meme to their website. (Ironically, the offending blog entry …

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My Copyright Rules: Seven cooked by Nine in legal pressure test

Are all reality TV cooking shows the same? Television networks Seven and Nine were recently embroiled in legal proceedings over whether Nine’s new show, The Hotplate, is a rip-off of My Kitchen Rules. The food fight started when Hotplate aired at the same time of Seven’s new show, Restaurant Revolution. When Seven’s offering received a lukewarm reception in the ratings, …

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Dallas Buyers Club – customer details not to be released (yet)

In the Dallas Buyers Club proceeding, Dallas Buyers Club and Voltage Pictures sought preliminary discovery from a number of ISPs of customer names and addresses associated with 4,716 IP addresses alleged to have been used to infringe copyright.   As we previously reported (see our post here), on 7 April 2015, Justice Perram was satisfied in principle that the ISPs should …

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Disney’s “Frozen” in copyright dispute – filmmaker can’t Let it Go

Question: What do these things have in common? a snowman loses his carrot nose, and it slides out to the middle of a frozen pond; the snowman is on one side of the pond and an animal who covets the nose is on the other; the characters engage in a contest to get to the nose first and the animal …

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Immigration removals delayed pending assessment of data breach

The Immigration department’s well publicised 2014 data security breach continues to cause difficulties for the Department.  In late January and mid February the courts have issued interlocutory injunctions preventing the removal from Australia of certain asylum seekers pending the outcome of administrative law challenges to decisions to refuse refugee status, based on the Department’s consideration of the impact of the …

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Preliminary discovery and arbitration

Ordinarily, an arbitral tribunal does not have power to order preliminary discovery of documents that would allow a prospective plaintiff to evaluate whether or not sufficient evidence exists to commence a claim. This was one of the findings of the Supreme Court of NSW in a recent case in which a company suspected that a number of its former senior managers and consultants had misused the company’s confidential information or infringed its IP rights.

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