Category Archive for: ‘Media’
Counterfeit products are out there, but it’s not just consumers who need to be cautious. The Federal Court recently found that art valuer Peter Gant engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct when he valued (in his capacity as a professional) three drawings at approximately $10k each. The pieces appeared to be the works of famous Australian artists Charles Blackman and Robert Dickerson. It was later discovered that the works were fake. They weren’t copies of actual Blackman and Dickerson works, rather they were drawings “in the style” of Blackman and Dickerson and were falsely
One of the most important aspects of trade mark ownership is the ability to control the way a brand is used and, accordingly, protect the brand’s reputation. Two somewhat unlikely compatriots, Jessica Watson and Mary MacKillop, show how quickly brand management becomes vital when a person or event hits the public spotlight.
In a decision which provides a whole new meaning to the phrase “going to the ‘john’”, the John W. Carson Foundation (Foundation) has successfully opposed registration of Johnny Carson’s famous phrase “HERE’S JOHNNY” as a trade mark of portable toilets (proposed mark). This decision has come about more than 30 years after the same toilet manufacturer first attempted to register the proposed mark.
Shortly before winning six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the makers of The Hurt Locker found themselves subject to a lawsuit filed in the New Jersey District Court on 3 March 2010. The lawsuit alleges that the makers of the film essentially stole the life story and persona of Iraq War veteran, Master Sergeant Jeffrey Sarver. Sarver claims Mark Boal, the movie’s screenwriter, was a journalist in his unit for over thirty days in 2004 and used the material for an article in Playboy magazine, and subsequently in the development of the screenplay for
On June 5, shortly after the registration of the premium mobile services industry code (discussed here), the Federal Court made declarations that AMV Holding had breached sections 52 and 53 of the TPA in their “BLiNG” advertisements for premium mobile services, published in the popular “Dolly”, “Girlfriend”, and “TV Hits” magazines (ACCC v AMV Holding Ltd  FCA