Why does Newcastle United want to play Sunderland on a Saturday or Sunday?

The answer is: "To reduce the risk of disorder amongst fans" (and with kick off no later than 1.30 pm).  For Premier League enthusiasts with an unhealthy interest in fixture planning, the recent UK High Court decision of Football Dataco Ltd v Brittens Pools Ltd [2010] EWHC 841 (Ch) offers more than you want to know.

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Subjects: Copyright

August IP appeals: update

For our readers keen to plan ahead, it will soon be time to stay close to Twitter and refresh those RSS feeds.  This is because the August 2010 sittings of the Full Court of the Federal Court have fixed for hearing at least two significant IP cases.  At a recent call over, the Federal Court fixed Roadshow Films and Others v iiNet for the 2 August sittings.  Likewise, Telstra & Sensis v Phone Directories Company and Ors has also been listed for the same hearing period.  Specific dates have not yet been allocated, but as soon as IP Whiteboard knows, you will too.

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Performance Rights – But really an excuse to write about Spandau Ballet

At Rod Laver Arena this week, a few of us sang our lungs out to Tears for Fears and Spandau Ballet.  It was great to see ‘Tony’, ‘Gary’, ‘Martin’, ‘John’ and ‘Steve’ once again, after a hiatus of only 25 years.  And with the first notes of “True” and “Gold”, the words of one of my team members started to die away:  “You’ll need good seats given it’s a ballet.”

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Subjects: Copyright

Can Willy the Wizard pass the “Goblet of Fire” test?

The Adventures of Willy the Wizard No 1: Livid Land, is apparently a small book, under 40 pages long. The author, Adrian Jacobs, is long deceased. This has not deterred his estate from suing JK Rowling for copyright infringement in the United Kingdom.  It is claimed that Willy the Wizard has been incorporated into Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.  Whilst proceedings were commenced last year against Ms Rowling's publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing, Ms Rowling has only now been joined personally this week.

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Subjects: Copyright

New Federal Court ruling on copyright in compilations

In a case bearing similarities to the 2002 Full Federal Court decision of Desktop Marketing Systems v Telstra, which upheld Telstra’s copyright in White Pages® and Yellow Pages® directories, a single judge of the Federal Court has now found against Telstra and Sensis in proceedings brought against a company called Phone Directories Company Pty Ltd (PDC).  Mallesons is acting for Telstra and Sensis.
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Subjects: Copyright

New Year’s IP Resolutions

January is resolution time. A universal thought takes over: "I need to quit smoking, lose weight and call my mother more!" The IP Whiteboard team are not immune to this infectious optimism, and have put together some "IP resolutions" to kick off Twenty Ten. It's not exactly Letterman's Top 10, and we know resolutions aren't always kept, but here goes!

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