Recent Blogs

Eva Lu, Associate at Thomson Geer, provides a summary of the privacy and data related recommendations from the ACCC’s Digital Platform Inquiry Preliminary Report. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Preliminary Report on the Digital Platforms Inquiry (Report) contains 11 preliminary recommendations and nine areas for further analysis. Four of those recommendations seek to […]

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Fairness in Franchising Report

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Following two further extensions by the Senate to the due date, the Fairness in Franchising report, was released on 14 March 2019 by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (the Report). The full report is available here. The Report contains 51 recommendations, with several references to an inter-agency “Franchising Taskforce”, to be established […]

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Copyright and Artificial Intelligence

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The Emergence of AI The growing capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are changing the world as we know it. Ideas once confined to the imagination are now becoming a reality, with AI technology creating outputs either largely or entirely independent from human intervention. In 2018, an album called I AM AI was the first of […]

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Over $3.7 million in damages and injunctive relief was recently awarded by the Supreme Court of Queensland1 to the family behind a highly successful Toowoomba business, in what commentators have labelled an ‘extraordinary attack’ on their legacy by a prominent public broadcaster.   The Wagner family, comprised of Denis, John, Neill and Joe (Wagners) are […]

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Regulation of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)

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We introduced Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) in this post. Unsurprisingly, billions of dollars being poured into ICOs over the past few years, and concerns over scams and consumer protection, have been the impetus for increased government attention and calls for regulation of ICOs and cryptocurrency. One difficulty with the regulation of ICOs is the unique, […]

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Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) 101

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Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), or ‘token offerings’, are cryptocurrency’s equivalent of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs). In 2017, 873 ICOs raised around USD$6 billion in investment funds. In just the first half of 2018, around USD$6.7 billion had been raised – 108% of all funds raised in 2017. ICOs are a means for blockchain companies to […]

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Preferential drug supply arrangements at patent’s end found not to amount to misuse of market power or exclusive dealing On 25 May 2018 the Full Federal Court dismissed an appeal by the ACCC and confirmed that Pfizer had not engaged in misuse of market power or exclusive dealing (within sections 46 and 47 of the […]

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If you’re interested in computer games, or know someone that is, you’ve probably heard of loot boxes, an increasingly common feature of computer games which has also been drawing increasing criticism and regulatory attention of late. What are loot boxes? Loot boxes are digital items which may be purchased in computer and mobile games. Each […]

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Artificial Intelligence – the Copyright Act cannot keep up

Copyright

The Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) (Act) is facing a challenge keeping up with the increasing prevalence and capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Recently, Google released their new AI powered digital camera called Google Clips.1 This device deviates from the traditional method of taking photos. It contains a built-in AI that autonomously snaps pictures of the […]

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Power and PDP Group (Power) sued Paul Schembri  and a company owned by his brother (Bettergrow) for patent infringement in the Supreme Court of Queensland in respect of a machine used to produce compost. Liability was denied and a cross claim was made for revocation of the patent. At the time of the proceedings, Bettergrow […]

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