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Damages for breach of franchise agreement

Howard’s Storage World (HSW) granted Haviv a franchise to operate an Howard’s Storage World retail outlet at Burwood in Sydney. The terms of the franchise included a grant of an exclusive territory for a radius of 5km. Subsequently, HSW granted someone else an franchise to operate an Howard’s Storage World franchise at a new shopping centre at Rhodes, approximately 4,840m from Haviv’s Burwood store. The breach of the contractual exclusivity promise was.. Read More

Productivity Commission on parallel imports

The Productivity Commission has released its draft report into the copyright restrictions on parallel importing books: Australia’s Parallel Import Restrictions (PIRs) for books should be modified as follows.  • PIRs should apply for 12 months from the date of first publication of a book in Australia. Thereafter, parallel importation should be freely permitted.  • If a PIR-protected book becomes unavailable during this 12 month period, then parallel importation should be freely permitted until.. Read More

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