The Budget 2018-2019: our three key areas for intellectual property

Biotechnology companies and generic pharmaceuticals are the winners and celebrities are the Biggest Losers in some intellectual property-related measures in last night’s Australian Federal Budget.  Below, we set out the three key areas of interest from our first reading. Swap it! Boost for generic and biosimilar awareness campaigns The Budget will fund measures to increase the use read more...
Subjects: Media

Bieber Fever running high, “is it too late now to say I’m SORRY?” – allegations of copyright infringement against The Biebs (aka Justin Bieber)

Indie artist, Casey Dienel, who goes by the name of “White Hinterland”, is suing Justin Bieber and producer, Skrillex (as well as the other songwriters) for alleged copyright infringement in relation to Bieber’s hit and annoyingly catchy song “Sorry” (you know the song where The Biebs is singing about Selena Gomez – you can listen read more...

Copyright and the US primaries: From Adele to Neil Young, why do artists keep getting Berned by politicians?

From Trump to Clinton to Cruz, there is no presidential campaign that doesn’t involve the candidate strutting onto the stage to an ‘inspirational’ song. But what if the artist is not ok with the politicians encouraging voters to ‘Feel the Bern’ or ‘Make America Great Again’ with their tune? read more...

Would you pay for a meme? Getty claims copyright licence fees for Socially Awkward Penguin

Posting a cringeworthy meme can often cost you a few Facebook friends. But what if the next meme you post costs you almost $900? German blog Geeksisters found out the hard way when Getty Images asked them to pay €785.40 in back licensing fees for posting the famous Socially Awkward Penguin meme to their website. read more...

Getting mathematical about a musical treasure: “I Am Australian” in the Copyright Tribunal

Back in November 2014 we reported that the iconic song, I Am Australian, was in the midst of a legal dispute in the Copyright Tribunal of Australia (Tribunal) between one of its co-authors, Bruce Woodley of The Seekers, and the Commonwealth Government.  You can read more about the background to the dispute here. What’s the read more...
Subjects: Copyright | Media

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The Harper Review (IP Update)

We previously reported on the Competition Policy Review Panel’s Draft Report on the effectiveness of Australia’s current competition laws and policy (see our earlier post here). As well as competition issues, the review also examined the impact of the intellectual property regime on innovation, trade and competition policy. Yesterday, the Panel released its Final Report read more...

Classics, Copyright and (un)chained melodies – who owns the rights to ‘Happy Birthday to you’?

When Jennifer Nelson in the United States created a documentary on the Happy Birthday to You song, she didn’t think that it was necessary to pay any licensing fees, as she didn’t think that copyright in the song was owned by anyone. After all, the song has been around for over 100 years! Well, Warner/Chappell read more...
Subjects: Copyright

Crown use of patents set for a shake-up

Last week, we blogged about the recommendations made by the Productivity Commission in its Report into the operation of the compulsory licensing provisions of the Patents Act.  In addition to making various recommendations on how the compulsory licensing provisions should be amended to improve their operation, and in the light of its mandate to “recommend any read more...
Subjects: Patents