The case for judicial humour: When wit and jocularity find their way into the courtroom

Addressing the National Judicial Orientation Programme in 1998, then Chief Justice Gleeson explained to the assembled audience that there are four key aspects of judicial status or performance – independence, impartiality, fairness and competence. One trait deliberately left off his Honour’s list was judicial humour. While Gleeson CJ cautioned the collected judges against displays of judicial read more...

Bad faith: The new kryptonite for opposed trade mark applications?

This just in from our correspondents at the Daily Planet: An application to register the trade mark “superman workout” in Australia in respect of “conducting exercise classes; fitness and exercise clinics, clubs and salons; health club services (exercise)” has been refused by Justice Bennett under section 62A of the Trade Marks Act 1995 (Cwlth) (“Act”) read more...
Subjects: Trade marks

N-n-now that that don’t kill ‘Ye, can only make him stronger: Kanye West wins copyright battle with Vince P(eters)

Kanye West (or ‘Ye as he’s known) has hit the headlines again this week.  Somewhat surprisingly for the rapper, this time it is not for an unprovoked public outburst (need we remind you of the 2009 VMAs where he commandeered the microphone off award winner Taylor Swift) or for his relationship with reality star Kim Kardashian, about whom he wrote the song Perfect B**ch (ah, true love) and who is most famous for her particularly short marriage which la read more...

Subjects: Copyright

Here come the men (and women) in purple: Olympic venues awash with “brand police”

As thousands of spectators, media and athletes descend on the Heathrow arrivals hall, and 3,500 soldiers are shipped in to bolster flailing security forces, another group is making its presence known in the nation’s capital.  Decked out in their purple caps and tops, they are the one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple brand police.

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“If you have nothing nice to say…”: London 2012 restricts “mean” links to its website

Over the past few weeks we have kept you posted on some of the measures taken by London Games organisers to restrict the use of social media and to protect the rights of its official sponsors (see here and here).  In its latest move, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games read more...

“Faster, higher, stronger” restrictions on social media at the London 2012 Games

As the Olympic Torch travels down the east coast of Britain and preparations for the opening ceremony kick in to high gear, with live farm animals, a replica Glastonbury Tor and rain clouds all being brought in for the occasion, organisers and followers of London 2012 are increasingly turning their attention to a new issue, that of social media’s role in the Games of the XXX Olympiad. 

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Optus applies for special leave to appeal to the High Court in TV Now case

Optus has today filed an application for special leave to appeal to the High Court in relation to the Full Court of the Federal Court’s decision in National Rugby League Investments Pty Limited v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd [2012] FCAFC 59 (a copy of which can be found here).  In their decision, the Full Court overturned Rares J’s judgment at first instance and held that Optus’ “TV Now” service breached the copyright rights of the Australian Football League, National Rugby League and Telstra Corpo read more...