We act for many of Australia's largest media outlets and international online giants facing defamation litigation against them. Our team also advises companies and organisations on defamation issues. We assist them to resolve defamation claims practically and commercially without the need for litigation.
Our team acts for media organisations in relation to suppression orders, statutory reporting restrictions and contempt of court. Our aim is to protect the media's rights and ability to report on issues for their audiences by ensuring the principals of open justice are applied. We also assist with accessing court documents and materials relevant to their reporting.
In the media industry, content is a valuable asset to be protected. Copyright and trade marks aim to safeguard those assets. Our team helps clients protect their content through copyright litigation. We also manage the trade mark portfolios for several leading media companies.
Our team advise on commercial agreements for the use of content, as well as partnerships and sponsorships that drive marketing campaigns. We also advise on strategies to protect content and brands from unauthorised use such as "ambush marketing".
There are a raft of laws, regulations and voluntary codes that govern Australia's media landscape. Many are being introduced or changed to catch up with the rise of digital platforms. Our team advises on television and radio broadcasting codes of practice, as well as laws and regulations directed at digital media publishers and online platforms. We advise on a wide range of regulatory issues including online safety, misinformation and disinformation, and the removal of content.
Our team is available 24/7 for urgent pre-publication queries and clients rely on us every day and night of the week. Our pre-publication advice is given regularly to all major mainstream media organisations as well as many of our smaller clients. Our advice goes beyond simple legal advice and has the potential to shape the content of news published and consumed by millions of Australians daily. Our pre-publication advice also covers clients seeking clearance of marketing and advertising materials.