Topic archives: copyright law

What Business Insider’s rambling hatchet job gets wrong about my work on copyright

August 28, 2017

A recent piece in Business Insider insults Rebecca Giblin's academic integrity. Here is where it goes so horribly wrong.

Kim Williams’ dystopian nightmare of the future of copyright

August 18, 2016 2

The current copyright scheme is just fine, says Kim Williams.

Fifield soothes the histrionic copyright industry: don’t worry, ridiculous laws will remain

May 26, 2016 2

The Productivity Commission suggested our copyright laws might be a smidge outdated. The copyright industry, as always, bugged out.

Fifield calls a ceasefire in Brandis’ war on piracy

November 25, 2015 6

Tough talk on copyright and a friendly ear to rights holders might have been victims of the Turnbull coup.

Lost in translation: Chinese papers nicking English-language work

Lost in translation: Chinese papers nicking English-language work

May 16, 2013 8

Chinese-language newspapers are blatantly stealing copy from Australian publications. They say they want to expose good work to non-English speakers, but freelancer Sian Powell isn't buying it.

Are we still America’s deputy IP sheriff in the Asia-Pacific?

Are we still America’s deputy IP sheriff in the Asia-Pacific?

August 6, 2012 10

A new leak on the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement text reveals Australian negotiators are prepared to compromise our interests to please the US, writes copyright lawyer Kimberlee Weatherall.

iiNet decision not the end of the story

iiNet decision not the end of the story

April 23, 2012 1

At first glance, this morning's High Court decision re Roadshow films & Ord v iiNet Limited looks like a classic case of David v a very formidable Goliath in the shape of the major Hollywood studios.

AFACT’s appeal against iiNet decision dismissed

April 20, 2012 37

Internet service provider iiNet just won its long-running legal battle against the massed forces of Hollywood, but there's some gotchas buried in the High Court decision.

A simple copyright amendment? Sports chiefs don’t understand

February 8, 2012 20

Our copyright law is a wondrous complex beast, and even apparently simple tweaks carry the potential for significant unintended consequences, writes Kimberlee Weatherall, an associate professor in Sydney University's Faculty of Law.

‘Arrogant’ Apple faces copyright suit over iPhone app content

‘Arrogant’ Apple faces copyright suit over iPhone app content

March 14, 2011 9

Apple is back in the Federal Court tomorrow, facing a copyright infringement claim from Australian TV production company Jigsaw Entertainment. The precedent could be significant.

A question of red tape: iiNet and the Fringe dwellers of arts

February 25, 2011 3

While small arts companies struggle with red tape, the big end of town wants more regulation. The juxtaposition will shape future arts policy.

Could WikiLeaks be prosecuted under copyright law?

December 13, 2010 4

Any copyright action leveled against WikiLeaks for the release of a quarter of a million secret United States government cables would be a "grotesque misuse" of copyright law, says an expert in intellectual property.

‘Stick It Up Your Junta’ could go way of the dodo

September 8, 2010 10

Yesterday the Federal Court found that, despite the skill involved, there is no copyright in headlines -- the first time anywhere in the world that a court has fully considered whether copyright is breached when newspaper articles are abstracted and aggregated. The implications are immense.

How frugal Fitness First is creating a market for fake pop stars

May 24, 2010

Aussie gyms are now required to pay royalties for original songs played in their aerobic classes. But instead of coughing up the cash, they've replaced the top 40 tracks with budget brand cover versions.

Riffing on the <em>Down Under</em> decision

Riffing on the Down Under decision

February 9, 2010

Colin Hay may be a great musician, but his claim that it took almost two decades for anyone to notice that Land Down Under sounds a little bit like Kookaburra is absurd, says Tim Dunlop.

Literary Adelaide the scene of a journos’ dust-up

January 25, 2010 1

There is a dust-up in literary Adelaide, with leading editorial contributors to the Adelaide Review severing its connections with the publication amid disputes over payment.

The copyright outrage the geeks forgot to mention

The copyright outrage the geeks forgot to mention

January 20, 2010 25

The tech community hasn't done much of a job of persuading mainstream Australia that proposed internet censorship laws are a bad idea, despite their potentially crippling effect on freedom of speech, writes Angus Kidman.

SBS v Crikey: game on

SBS v Crikey: game on

December 21, 2009 24

SBS claims that Crikey is profiting from the term "the world game" by selling our tea towels, socks and other paraphernalia off the back of their brand. To which we say, get your hand off it SBS, we've got Kevin Rudd's pets.

Why Twitter can’t trademark the tweet

August 20, 2009

Last month, Twitter founder Biz Stone announced that the company had applied to trademark the word "tweet", causing much consternation in the blogosphere. But what he didn't mention, explains Sam Johnston is that they've already tried -- and failed.

Who owns green technology?

July 31, 2009

How do we keep emerging green technologies affordable and accessible to the developing world when they're being developed by companies so consumed in the culture of the almighty copyright? Five experts share their ideas.