When technology becomes too popular: ‘We the People’ perhaps a case in point

For those of us rounding up our 25,000 closest friends for a ‘We The People’ petition in the USA, we have some bad news. Only a few days after we posted about the now infamous ‘Death Star’ petition, the White House blogged that due to the popularity of the site, the numbers needed to obtain read more...
Subjects: Social media

Stephen Dank’s defamation claim for $10 million damages – A good press release, but what about the law

The Australian sports scientist Stephen Dank has been at the centre of recent media reports concerning his oversight of a supplements program to players at Essendon Football Club (a Melbourne AFL team). Last Sunday 10 February, his solicitors announced his plans to sue for defamation. The lawyers’ media release, reportedly entitled: “Defamation Claims for Ten read more...
Subjects: Defamation

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, read more...
Subjects: Media | Social media

How much do you know about copyright in quotes? Test your muscle against the Yale Law School Top Ten

Now that you’ve considered how and whether you can protect quotes via copyright (thanks to our previous post here), it’s time to take your skills to the next level. We couldn’t resist letting you know that the Yale Law School has just released its annual list of the most notable quotations of the year. It read more...

Copyright and biscuits: big questions asked in Donna Hay and Women’s Weekly stoush

It was the sort of article a fortnight ago which caused a chuckle and then disappeared from view. Donna Hay, furious that her Martha-Stewart-style, beautifully presented cover display of biscuits in a box had been apparently replicated on the cover of the Women’s Weekly Christmas Baking edition months later, let fly with a few choice read more...
Subjects: Copyright