US Food and Drug Administration releases draft guidances about social media and online communications

On 17 June 2014, the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two draft guidances relating to the promotion of prescription drugs or medical devices online or on social media. Designed with patients in mind, the FDA is aware that patients and health care providers often get information about FDA-regulated products through social media read more...

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. read more...

IP Whiteboard editor published in Internet Law Bulletin: Recent legal developments involving Twitter

If you still think that Tweeting is something only birds do, it’s time to fly the coop. Launched in 2006, Twitter is an online social networking site that enables its 645 million registered users worldwide to send and receive 140 character “Tweets”. More than 5700 Tweets are sent every second and up to 75% of read more...

IP Whiteboard editors published in e-commerce law reports

In a case which carries a warning for Australian government employees, the Federal Circuit court confirmed earlier this year, in Banerji v Bowles, that a public servant may be dismissed for criticising government policies on Twitter, even though her profile was anonymous. Natalie Hickey and Samantha McHugh, from our editorial committee, have written an article read more...

ACCC releases best practice guide about online reviews – for businesses and review platforms

On Tuesday, the ACCC released best practice guidelines about online reviews for businesses and review platforms. The Guidelines provide detailed practical examples, making clear the types of conduct the ACCC views as potentially misleading. It should be considered by any companies which host online reviews on their own sites, or rely on customer testimonials or read more...

The internet just got bigger: Further developments in the gTLD space

New domain spaces are in the process of being introduced.  Over the past few weeks, the first “sunrise” periods have opened for new domain name spaces called generic top-level domains (gTLDs).  ICANN has also delegated the first four of its new gTLDs by introducing them into the Internet’s Root Zone. Businesses and brand owners should read more...

OAIC releases privacy ‘better practice guide’ for mobile app developers

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has been busy of late.  As well as releasing the second stage of its Draft Australian Privacy Principles Guidelines for consultation in late September, it recently sent an open letter to Facebook, which we posted about here. However, it’s not very often that we see regulators encouraging the read more...

Blurring the Lines of copyright infringement: Yet another controversy for Robin #Thicke over hit song

Robin Thicke’s hit single “Blurred Lines” has certainly had its fair share of both popularity and controversy. From the success of being Billboard’s No. 1 song and No. 1 album, to the claims of sexism over its lyrics and 18+ film clip and various parody videos criticising its use of #stupidhashtags, the latest development is read more...
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You might have seen some articles recently about developments in the general top-level domain (gTLD) space (we previously posted about ICANN’s new gTLD program here and here).  Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Panel handed down its decision in response to a Legal Rights Objection, which will allow Telstra Corporation Limited (Telstra) to read more...