ICANN Development 1: The [.xxx] Factor

Turn your mind, just for a moment, to this scenario, which we’ll call “Scenario 1”.  It is late October 2011.  You are the owner of a successful brand.  Naturally, you are perusing Mallesons’ IP Whiteboard for handy tips on protecting your rights and keeping up to date on the latest developments in the world of IP.  You decide to Google your brand name and discover that someone has registered [YourBrand.xxx] and posted suggestive photos all over it featuring your iconic branding associated with x-rated content.  There is a website visitor-counter in the top ri read more...

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a super-injunction!

Wonder who CTB is? Well, a Google search will no doubt tell you.  Respecting the orders of the court, we’ll simply say he’s a famous English footballer.  Worldwide media coverage about CTB’s alleged affair with UK Big Brother contestant Imogen Thomas, has sparked debate about the increasing grant of the “super-injunction”.  To clarify, this debate is somewhat misinformed as media sources have inaccurately identified the injunctions obtained as super-injunctions. read more...

Did you mean … defamation? Why it’s-a not so good for Google’s Autocomplete

Google had a laugh on April Fool’s Day, releasing a joke ad for a "human autocompleter" in place of the computer algorithms presently used.  It’s good to see a corporate entity willing to take the mickey out of itself, as only days earlier, the Milan Court of Appeal handed down a decision that held Google Italy liable for defamation because of the way its autocomplete feature linked a businessman’s name with the words for "fraud" and "conman".

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Tick Tock on the Clock but the allegations of copyright infringement won’t stop

Twenty Twelve is a mockumentary following the trials and tribulations of bumbling event organisers in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The Games, which was broadcast over two successful seasons in Australia - in 1998 and 2000 - was a mockumentary following the trials and tribulations of bumbling event organisers in the lead up to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.  Déjà vu anyone?

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Subjects: Copyright