“No one can own the law” – United States confirms copyright protection does not extend to works of legislators or judges

On 27 April 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States (Supreme Court) handed down its decision in Georgia Et Al v Public Resource Org, Inc. We set out what happened, what the Supreme Court found, the implications of the decision and we look at whether a similar principle applies in Australia. The Supreme Court held that works authored by legislators in their legislative capacity were ineligible for copyright protection. The decision extends the United States “government edicts doctrine” which embodies the principle that “no one can own the law”. read more...
Subjects: Copyright

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What is driving the future of Australia’s research and innovation sector?

Australia’s Science and Research Priorities to be reviewed The Minister for the Department of Education and Training announced on 19 February 2019 that a review will be conducted of Australia’s Science and Research Priorities as they apply to the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) National Competitive Grants Program. (NCGP)  The ARC is the peak Commonwealth entity read more...
Subjects: Technology

When technology becomes too popular: ‘We the People’ perhaps a case in point

For those of us rounding up our 25,000 closest friends for a ‘We The People’ petition in the USA, we have some bad news. Only a few days after we posted about the now infamous ‘Death Star’ petition, the White House blogged that due to the popularity of the site, the numbers needed to obtain read more...
Subjects: Social media