Category Archive for: ‘Technology’

Serious Invasions of Privacy – a new Cause of Action in Australia?

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released its final report on “Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era” (Report) yesterday, setting out the detailed legal design of a statutory civil cause of action for serious invasions of privacy.  In a report commissioned by the Gillard government in 2013, the ALRC recommends that the cause of action be enacted in …

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“D’oh!” The Simpsons are sued for Homer’s hologram

You may be familiar with Comic-Con, a worldwide organization that runs conventions for comic fans, made famous by geeks in dress up and legendary guest stars. Well, last month’s San Diego Comic-Con was made famous for another reason – a holographic appearance by Homer Simpson has led to The Simpsons being sued for patent infringement. D’oh indeed. On 26 July …

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8 things you need to do now that Facebook has banned “like-gating”

“Like our page!” is a phrase you see a lot on Facebook.  But following a change to Facebook’s Platform Policy last week, you may not see it as much.  Great news for users, but maybe not-so-great news for those businesses relying on like-gates to gain traction on Facebook.  Here are 8 things that all businesses on Facebook will want to think about now …

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Australian Flash Boy in contempt of court

As anyone who has read Michael Lewis’ latest book, Flash Boys, will know there is a lot of money to be made and lost through high frequency trading (HFT). Whilst the Australian securities market is structured and regulated quite differently from the US market described by Lewis, there is no doubt that Australia has had its share of ‘colourful’ Flash …

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WIPO program encourages research into neglected diseases

A novel WIPO program brings IP owners and researchers together to facilitate scientific research into neglected diseases, with the aim of bringing royalty-free treatments to least developed countries. 50 voluntary collaboration agreements have been signed in the 2 years of operation.

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15 minutes of fame: keeping “in-app” purchases in-check

The days of unauthorized in-app purchases are well and truly numbered, following a spate of private and regulatory enforcement action in the United States, and the issue being firmly on the agenda of regulators in the UK, EU and Australia. Our friends at our sister blog In Competition have written a post about this issue. For more, see here.

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US government to hand over Internet domain name role

Recently the US National Telecommunications & Information Administration (Department of Commerce) (“NTIA”) issued a media release announcing that the US intends to step out of its current role relating to the domain name system (“DNS”) of the Internet, resulting in a fully privatised DNS. Computers, mobile phones and other devices that connect to the Internet are identified using a string …

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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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King.com is King of ‘Candy’: Candy Crush Saga Developer Granted US Trade Mark

Candy Crush Saga, the brightly-coloured and highly addictive social game, followed the lead of other popular games, such as Angry Birds, to become an online phenomenon of its own. As one of the most popular online games and phone apps, it is no wonder that its developer, King.com Limited, has recognised the value of protecting its brand (they’re not alone – see …

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