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Convergence Review

The Commonwealth Government has released the Final Report of the Convergence Review (pdf). While initially there were some indications that this review might relate to intellectual property issues, especially copyright, the Final Report focuses on the areas of regulation traditionally covered by labels like “broadcasting”, telecommunications, “spectrum allocation”, “media ownership” and “local content” requirements. The Minister’s Press Release notes that: The release of the report provides an opportunity for stakeholders.. Read More

Optus TV Now (no more)

The Full Court (Finn, Emmett and Bennett JJ) has unanimously allowed the appeal from Rares J’s finding that Optus TV Now did not infringe the copyright held by the AFL, the NRL and Telstra in broadcasts (or films) of the footy. Based on the summary, the Full Court has found that Optus either made the copies of the broadcast and films or Optus and the subscriber did so jointly. As.. Read More

Roadshow v iiNet

The High Court has unanimously dismissed Roadshow’s appeal in the case against iiNet. On a first look, there are some references suggesting that our law is being brought back in line with the UK (CBS v Amstrad) and Canada (CCH Canada v Law Society of Upper Canada). Consideration will have to await further review. Although unanimous, there are 2 judgments: as in iceTV, French CJ, Crennan and Kiefel JJ in.. Read More

Raising the Bar Act

Apparently, the Governor-General signed the Royal Assent to the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012 on 15 April 2012. According to IP Australia, most of the amendments will not come into force until 15 April 2013, but the exceptions to patent infringement for (1) regulatory use or (2) experimental use are now in force. Many of the changes yet to come into force do relate to patents… Read More

Does anyone think Google is advertising the sponsored links?

The Full Federal Court in Australia does. The ACCC has successfully appealed the Google Adwords case for misleading and deceptive conduct. So, for example, Alpha Dog Trainging has been operating a dogtraining business for 12 years. Dog Training Australia (Ausdog) bought ads on the keywords Alpha Dog Training through Google’s Adwords program. One ad generated was: Alpha Dog Training  DogTrainingAustralia.com.au All Breeds. We come to you. No dog that can’t.. Read More

Acohs v Ucorp or the limits of implied licences

The Full Federal Court (Jacobson, Nicholas and Yates JJ) has largely upheld Jessup J’s ruling, but with a noteworthy limitation on the scope of implied licences. Acohs and Ucorp both provide in competition with each other Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) which are required by law to identify the properties, uses and hazards of dangerous chemicals. At first instance, Jessup J found Acohs owned copyright in the MSDSs which had.. Read More