Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

Resale royalty right

The previously foreshadowed bill to introduce the resale royalty right has been introduced into Parliament. The Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists Bill and EM can be found here. The Bill has been referred to the House’s (not the Senate’s) Standing Committee on Climate Change, Water, Environment and the Arts for consideration and an advisory report to the House by 20 February 2009. Presumably, if the Government and the “Coalition” can.. Read More

Parallel imports and books

The Productivity Commission has published its issues paper on its reference relating to the parallel importation of books.  You can download the pdf here.  At present: (1) anyone may “parallel” import a book for their own use (i.e., not to resell or distribute it); (2) books first published after 22 December 1991 and not published first simultaneously in Australia may be parallel imported; (3) for any other books, however, there.. Read More

The Internet Wars (copyright campaign) come to ISPs down under

The big movie studios have brought proceedings against iiNet, one of the larger (in a non-Bigpond sort of way) ISPs seeking to impose liability on the ISP for infringing downloading by its subscribers. The Application is here (pdf) and the Statement of Claim is here (pdf). Various analyses: Nic Suzor has a detailed view here Kim Weatherall here Australian PC Mag here The Film Industry outlines its position here IPRoo carries a.. Read More


How to organise a cartel or what the damages might be (apart from the penalties/fines) when if you get found out: John Asker ‘A Study of the Internal Organisation of a Bidding Cartel’ (pdf). Warning: lots of economist-ese and formulas. Lid-dip Prof. Joshua Gans.