Category Archive for: ‘Media’

Insecure title: Don’t forget to register your security interest when supplying content on retention of title terms

A recent judgment from the NSW Supreme Court involving the lease of gas turbines is actually a useful and important reminder to content producers seeking to retain copyright in content provided to customers until those works are paid for. On the face of it, the decision in Forge Group Power Pty Limited (in liquidation) (receivers and managers appointed) v General …

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An apparently ‘precious’ ring: Federal Court grants summary judgment to rule them all

The Federal Court of Australia has given summary judgment in Tolkien Estate Limited v Saltalamacchia [2016] FCA 944 for Tolkien Estate Limited (representing the estate of the late JRR Tolkien) against a jewellery trader selling rings bearing the infamous inscription of the ‘One Ring’ from Tolkien’s The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series. His Honour Justice Beach set …

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“Your word is your bond”: Is Trump’s plagiarism of Obama copyright infringement?

As the US presidential election continues, with it comes more copyright controversies. The latest scandal arose at the recent Republican National Convention when Melania Trump, potential new FLOTUS, took to the stage and wound up in a plagiarism pickle.

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Bieber Fever running high, “is it too late now to say I’m SORRY?” – allegations of copyright infringement against The Biebs (aka Justin Bieber)

Indie artist, Casey Dienel, who goes by the name of “White Hinterland”, is suing Justin Bieber and producer, Skrillex (as well as the other songwriters) for alleged copyright infringement in relation to Bieber’s hit and annoyingly catchy song “Sorry” (you know the song where The Biebs is singing about Selena Gomez – you can listen to it here). Dienel claims …

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WIN v Nine: Bumping shoulders as the internet grows more crowded

Prepared by:    Michael Swinson and Helena Kanton Australia’s major media companies are increasingly bumping shoulders as technology convergence brings them into closer competition with one another. The Internet has become a new common battleground for broadcasters, newspapers and new market entrants like Netflix and other streaming service providers all competing for the same eyeballs. In the most recent shoulder bump, …

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Social media “influencers”: the do’s and don’ts of disclosure

It’s now a widely acknowledged reality that commercial organisations need defined social media strategies and policies in place as a framework for approaching the world of ’gramming, liking, sharing, connecting (and, a recent addition to the Facebook stable, “reacting”) online.  An increasingly important part of that strategy is often engaging social media ambassadors or “influencers” to promote products or brands …

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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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Self(ie) made: Artist makes a Princely sum selling other people’s photos

That selfie stick might actually be a wise investment – after all, your next Instagram post could be worth thousands. US artist Richard Prince’s latest exhibition, ‘New Portraits’, is a series of printed screenshots of other people’s Instagram photos. The going price for each piece? A cool US$90,000 (roughly A$115,000). The amount the original Instagram posters will get? $0. Prince …

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What’s in a name? (Try to) Keep up with the Kardashians

Here at IP Whiteboard, we learnt the power of a celebrity name when one of our posts got roughly 20 times more hits than we expected (and crashed the site in the process). Why? While we like to think the combination of on-trend pop culture knowledge and cutting edge legal analysis really drew readers in, ultimately it was the celebrity …

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