Category Archive for: ‘Media’

Media Watchdog not an arbitrator of criminal guilt, says Full Federal Court

In its recent decision of Today FM (Sydney) Pty Limited v Australian Communications and Media Authority [2014] FCAFC 22, the Full Federal Court has held that the investigative and determinative powers of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (“ACMA”) do not extend to making a finding that a broadcasting licensee, or any other person, has committed a criminal offence. The …

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The ALRC conducts Inquiry into “Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era”

The average internet user will click “I agree” to countless Privacy Policies (or 1,462 in a year, if you believe this research) without a second thought. Yet, as we forge further into the ever evolving digital age, more and more personal data is being shared by an increasing number of internet users (Facebook counted 1.23 billion users last month), without …

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Think before you speak, think before you tweet –social media and defamation

While most of us are posting mundane Facebook statuses about what we had for breakfast, or tweeting about our reactions to ‘The Bachelor’ (or is that just me?), Andrew Farley was doing a whole lot more last year, according to a judgment published only recently, but handed down in November 2013 in the District Court of NSW. Farley posted a …

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Follow the yellow bit road?: JP Morgan pursues bitcoin-like patent

Digital currencies are a hot topic these days, with their anonymity, freedom from control by centralised banks, and avoidance of merchant transaction fees appealing to various groups around the world. The best-known example of a digital currency is bitcoin, which as recently as last month was trading at over US$1000 per bitcoin (but has since fallen to a far more …

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Tom Cruise proves Risky Business for gossip mags

In late 2012, Life & Style and In Touch magazines published headlines indicating Tom Cruise had abandoned his daughter Suri. Most people might dismiss such articles as minority reports. However, Cruise has filed a Complaint in the District Court of California for defamation and invasion of privacy. He’s asking that the publisher of the magazines show him the money, to …

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‘Mickey Mouse’ horror film escapes trade mark litigation

Film buffs, roll up! Despite the fact that it probably isn’t showing at your local MegaPlex, Randy Moore’s latest indie horror film ‘Escape from Tomorrow’ has garnered a considerable amount of media attention. Shot on Disney soil without permission, it features iconic (and copyrighted) Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck doing things like attempting to crush a child, …

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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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Sexy but too similar? App developers “Bang-ed” up over trade mark dispute

What happens when you take three College aged guys, a few hours of spare time, Red Bull, vodka, and a smartphone? Why, a new “casual sex matchmaking app” called “Bang With Friends”!   Unfortunately for our anonymous trio (yes, despite the “honesty” of the app they refuse to reveal their identities) the hangover may last a while.  In late July 2013, Zynga, makers …

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