Category Archive for: ‘Social media’

Meme money: New currency wears sunglasses

The explosion of interest in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has continued to expand. The latest is Coinye, inspired by rapper Kanye West. We take you through its rapid rise, evolution into a half-man-half-fish hybrid and sudden fall after Kanye West sued the developers.

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P*interest? Pyntrest? Pinterest not the owner of its name in the EU

If a recent EU trade mark ruling is upheld, crafty DIY-ers, Martha Stewart wannabes and eager wedding planners could find themselves “pinning” images to a social media platform with a name other than “Pinterest”. This is the result of a recent decision by the Opposition Division of the EU Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market that Pinterest – the …

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IP Whiteboard editors published in e-commerce law reports

In a case which carries a warning for Australian government employees, the Federal Circuit court confirmed earlier this year, in Banerji v Bowles, that a public servant may be dismissed for criticising government policies on Twitter, even though her profile was anonymous. Natalie Hickey and Samantha McHugh, from our editorial committee, have written an article about this case, published in …

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ACCC releases best practice guide about online reviews – for businesses and review platforms

On Tuesday, the ACCC released best practice guidelines about online reviews for businesses and review platforms. The Guidelines provide detailed practical examples, making clear the types of conduct the ACCC views as potentially misleading. It should be considered by any companies which host online reviews on their own sites, or rely on customer testimonials or reviews, whether on their own …

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#IntellectualProperty trending on Twitter: Considering IP in the age of the hashtag

Social media has transformed the ‘hash’ symbol (#) from a mere symbol key into a phenomenon of its own. Yet the addition of the # symbol before a word has not been so simple in the IP world and has many potential implications. For the uninitiated, let’s have a look at the hashtag’s capability. First, the hashtag operates as a …

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How to prevent your “ordinary” letter of demand from becoming a Social Media Backlash

Remember the old days of sending a hard copy letter of demand which only a few people (at most) were destined to see?  Well, haven’t times changed! Now, it is crucial to consider how best to minimise the prospect that your demand will go ‘viral’.  None of us want our correspondence to spark reputational issues for the client beyond the …

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Pinterest pins down Pintrips

On 4 October 2013, social media pinboard site Pinterest filed an action in the United States District Court against Pintrips, “a personal travel planning dashboard”, for trade mark infringement, false designation of origin, unfair competition and trade mark dilution.  This apparently followed months of polite requests from Pinterest to Pintrips to stop this alleged “illegal conduct”.  Not all these causes …

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OAIC releases privacy ‘better practice guide’ for mobile app developers

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has been busy of late.  As well as releasing the second stage of its Draft Australian Privacy Principles Guidelines for consultation in late September, it recently sent an open letter to Facebook, which we posted about here. However, it’s not very often that we see regulators encouraging the use of graphics, colour and …

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Australian Privacy Commissioner weighs in on proposed changes to Facebook terms

Previously, we posted about Facebook’s changes to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR), as a result of a $20 million class action settlement. Recently, Timothy Pilgrim, the Australian Privacy Commissioner has submitted an open letter to Facebook on behalf of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).  This letter can be found online here. …

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