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Getting mathematical about a musical treasure: “I Am Australian” in the Copyright Tribunal

Back in November 2014 we reported that the iconic song, I Am Australian, was in the midst of a legal dispute in the Copyright Tribunal of Australia (Tribunal) between one of its co-authors, Bruce Woodley of The Seekers, and the Commonwealth Government.  You can read more about the background to the dispute here. What’s the update? In summary, Mr Bruce …

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Fighting ‘Revenge Porn’ through Copyright

Unless your surname is “Kardashian”, it is unlikely that being a victim of a ‘Revenge Porn’ attack launched by a jilted ex-lover could ever end well.  However, thanks to the unfortunate experience of a Californian law student who recently filed a copyright lawsuit in the U.S following such an attack, you may never have to experience this fate. Photo credit: http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-images-censored-nude-woman-portrait-young-tape-covering-eyes-breasts-image33259509 …

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When is information about a residential property “personal information”?

Is information contained in a document about a residential property “personal information” about the owners or occupants of the property under NSW privacy legislation even if the document doesn’t directly identify the owners or occupants? This was the question that the Appeal Panel of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal had to consider in Office of Finance and Services v …

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“I Am Australian”: Seeking compensation for Crown use of copyright

Known and loved by generations of Australians and often described as our unofficial national anthem, the iconic song I Am Australian now finds itself in the midst of a legal dispute in the Copyright Tribunal of Australia between one of its co-authors, Bruce Woodley of The Seekers, and the Commonwealth government. The musical score was originally written by Woodley, and …

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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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National business names legislation to commence 28 May 2012

It’s official – with the successful passage of the necessary referral legislation through all states and territories, the new national business names legislation is expected to commence on 28 May 2012.

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More news from Canberra: amendments to IP laws passed by Senate

You would be forgiven for having missed this news given everything else that was happening in Canberra this week, but the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Bill 2011 was passed by the Senate on 27 February 2012.  The Bill will now go before the House of Representatives in the autumn sitting and is expected to come into force later this year.

The Bill targets five key areas:

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Ombudsman’s immunity does not apply to claims of software copyright infringement

The NSW Ombudsman has lost a claim for immunity from liability for copyright infringements alleged by a software company: see MicroFocus v NSW [2011] FCA 787.  Whilst interesting, the decision is unlikely to have widespread application because the court did not need to consider the broader question of whether the federal Copyright Act was inconsistent with the state legislation conferring immunity on a statutory officeholder. 

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Senate adjourns consideration of the Raising the Bar Bill

Further to our post on 22 June 2011, following the second reading speech of the Property Laws Amendment (Raising The Bar) Bill 2011 the debate on this important reform legislation has been adjourned.  No date has been set down for the Bill to be debated by the Senate and we await confirmation of whether the Bill will be sent to a Senate Committee for further deliberation.
 

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