Category Archive for: ‘Media’

Federal Election 2013: who will be watching you?

The 2013 Australian Federal Election has already been coined the ‘Social Media Election’, but even savvy users who frequently turn to social media platforms to track trending political issues may have been surprised by last week’s announcement that Yahoo!7 and Seven News were partnering with Facebook to provide unique insights into Australian opinions on the election.  Unlike Twitter, which is …

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Moderating User Comments on Social Media: New IAB Guidelines

“Trending” of late has been the introduction of social media best practice recommendations and guidelines from a variety of bodies.  Last week saw the release of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s (IAB) Social Media Comment Moderation Guidelines, which attempt to address confusion over the requirement for moderation of user comments on social media sites. The IAB is the peak industry body …

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Parody accounts on Facebook and Instagram: a no-go zone?

Our latest posts on the Adam Gilchrist parody Twitter account saga (see here and here) have generated such interest that we thought we’d do a little more digging. Could ‘Fake Gilly’, for instance, replicate his parody account on either Facebook or Instagram? The short answer is: ‘No’. While Twitter expressly allows the creation of parody accounts in accordance with its …

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Pharrell Williams sues will.i.am over trade mark dispute –“I am” intrigued!

While you might expect to see the names Pharrell Williams (hip-hop producer and frontman of N.E.R.D) and will.i.am (the Black Eyed Peas frontman) together on some highly anticipated new album cover, almost the last place you’d expect them to turn up would be on a court docket listing. However, as we’ve seen many times before, the reach of IP knows …

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Will filming Times Square now require negotiating with hundreds of copyright owners?

On 8 April 2013, The Motion Picture Association of America, along with the International Documentary Association and Film Independent, filed an amicus brief[1], supporting the NFL in their fight against (the very litigious!) Frederick Bouchat. Bouchat’s fight with the NFL and the Ravens (an NFL team) started many years ago in 1996, when he sent off a drawing he created …

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A break in transmission for online radio streaming

After last year failing to convince the High Court to increase the licence fees paid by commercial radio broadcasters, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd (PPCA) has reversed its fortunes with a Full Federal Court victory in relation to online streaming of radio broadcasts. In hearing an appeal by the PPCA from an earlier decision of Justice Foster in …

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Busted as bro…First ruling under NZ’s ‘three strikes’ copyright infringement laws

Busted as bro… First ruling under NZ’s ‘three strikes’ copyright infringement laws A New Zealand Rihanna fan has the dubious honour of being one of the first people to have an enforcement action brought against her for breach of copyright under the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011 (NZ), the most recent addition to New Zealand’s copyright laws.  These …

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Google Inc v ACCC: More detailed analysis

Further to our breaking news post this morning (we promised there was more to follow!), our Anthony McKew and John Swinson have prepared an alert on the High Court’s decision in Google Inc v ACCC. The High Court today has allowed the appeal of Google Inc against the Federal Court’s decision that Google breached s.52 of the Trade Practices Act …

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We the People: Is the Death Star Petition a model for legislative change in Australia?

Later this year, Australians will go to the polls after being almost buried under an avalanche of policy commitments from both sides.   As we speak, politicians are no doubt dusting off their Twitter accounts and Facebook pages, ready to speak on-message to constituents about ‘the things that matter’.  Recognising that engagement by social media must, however, be a two-way street …

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