In Australia it costs more and users get less when they pay for media streaming services such as Netflix. Why do these services cost Australian users more for restricted content? The answer is region specific content licensing. ‘But haven’t you heard of that program that tricks Netflix into thinking you are in the US?’ Yes, […]
It was a truly momentous occasion when 18 year old Lachlan Smart landed his aircraft at the Sunshine Coast Airport on Saturday morning, 27 August 2016. Lachie became the youngest person to ever complete a solo circumnavigation of the world in a single engine aircraft. He departed the same airport on the Sunshine Coast on 4 July […]
Many users download new software, and without a moment’s hesitation when that little box ‘Terms and Conditions’ pops up, click “accept”, rather than scrolling through those terms and conditions. These types of licences where a user can indicate acceptance of the licence terms by clicking an “accept” button are called “clickwrap” licences. Nowadays, they are […]
Popular craft beer manufacturer, Stone & Wood, were claiming that Thunder Road’s use of the names ‘Pacific Ale’ and ‘Pacific’ was causing confusion among consumers, leading them to order a Thunder Road beer when what they really wanted was a Stone & Wood. The beer rivals’ labels are below – confused, or not so much?
Last week the Federal Court handed down its judgment in Lodestar Anstalt v Campari America LLC  FCAFC 92, which was an appeal from the decision in Skyy Sprits LLC v Lodestar Anstalt  FCA 509. The judgment clarified how the Full Federal Court’s decision in Yau’s Entertainment Pty Ltd v Asia Television Ltd  […]
We first wrote about Lachlan Smart’s bid almost one year ago. Since then he has gained media interest from most Australian television channels and new media, the latest from ABC.
The Commissioner of Taxation (“the Commissioner“) sought to require Channel 7 (“7“) to pay withholding tax on payments totalling almost $98M made by 7 to the International Olympic Committee (“the IOC“) for the exclusive right to the live broadcast of Olympic events for the 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 Games.
In The Hangover II, Mike Tyson’s famous face tattoo appears on Ed Helms’ character. In 2011, before the film was set to be released, Tyson’s tattoo artist, S Victor Whitmill sued Warner Bros Entertainment Inc, trying to stop the film from being released. Whitmill wanted monetary damages for copyright infringement of Tyson’s tattoo – the […]
The Productivity Commission released a draft report on intellectual property arrangements on 29 April 2016. This report, which spans 600 pages in total, considers the current state of intellectual property creation, use, and protection in Australia, and proposes drastic and wide ranging changes to current intellectual property laws.