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J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” novels fascinated generations of readers long before the arrival of Harry Potter. The commercial and critical success of the books was matched by the Lord of the Rings films, which collected 17 Academy Awards between them and are the highest grossing trilogy of all time (even beating the “Star Wars” series). …
Since our post on Ms Thomas-Rasset’s case back in 2009 (Capitol Records Inc v Thomas-Rasset) here, the amount in damages that she has been ordered to pay to the major music labels for copyright infringement has changed several times. In the first instance she had been ordered to pay USD$220,000 but the verdict was annulled and a retrial was ordered on the basis the jury had been given faulty instructions.
In Loans and Debt Assistance Incorporated v .auDA*, the Supreme Court of New South Wales dismissed the Registrants’ request for an injunction to restrain the .au Domain Administration (auDA), from deleting 42 domain names registered in the Registrants’ names on the ground that the domain names were not closely or substantially connected to the Registrants.
Can a business obtain the registration of a trade mark for services where the mark concerned is also the name of the building from which the services are supplied? This was the central issue for determination in a recent Federal Court decision involving the well-known Q1 building on the Gold Coast.
On 19 July 2012, Justice Reeves decided that this was no reason to prevent Mantra from obtaining a trade mark registration for “Q1” for the hotel and real estate services provided by it from the Q1 building.
Last night, ICANN posted all applications for the new global Top Level Domains (gTLD) and who has applied for them. Amazon made over 70 applications for words in English and Google made approximately 100 applications. Interestingly, Facebook did not make any applications. In total, approximately 1900 applications were made.
You can read more about Reveal Day in our alert here.
As reported earlier today, the High Court unanimously dismissed the appeal brought by Roadshow Films Pty Ltd and a number of other film and television companies from a decision of the Full Federal Court in Roadshow Films Pty Ltd & Ors v iiNet Limited  HCA 16.
Today, the High Court held that iiNet was not liable for copyright infringement by its users or subscribers when they downloaded unauthorised copies of cinematographic films, in the case of Roadshow Films Pty Ltd & Others v iiNet Limited. This decision affirms the results of the decisions of the Federal Court and Full Federal Court.
Stay tuned for further updates on the reasons for the decision.