Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

Productivity Commission to review all IP laws

Minister announce Productivity Commission to review Australia’s IP laws

Dallas Buyers’ Club: no sale (yet)

Perram J has refused to allow Dallas Buyers Club LLC to send out its proposed letters of demand to the account holders identified through its preliminary discovery application.

Program formats and copyright

Channel 7 has lost its bid to get an interlocutory injunction against Channel 9’s show Hotplate on the basis of My Kitchen Rules.

Project home appeals

The Full Court has partially allowed Tamawood’s appeal, and denied Habitare’s appeal from Collier J’s findings about copyright infringement.

How much is that copyright in the power generation system

The Full Federal Court has allowed the Commissioner of Taxation’s appeal from Pagone J’s ruling allowing SPI Powernet a deduction for the value of its copyright in the plans, drawings and manuals for its electricity power generation network.

Blocking injunctions – the Bill

The Commonwealth Government has introduced into Parliament the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. This bill will implement the the Government’s proposal for injunctions requiring ISPs to block access to offshore websites that infringe copyright.

Three strikes in Australia

Communications Australia has released a draft Industry Code introducing 3 strikes (and a preliminary discovery application) into Australia

Online copyright infringement reforms announced

Government gives industry last chance to agree industry code before imposing one and will introduce injunctions to block access to 3rd party websites

Dallas Buyers Club sues to identify internet subscribers

Dallas Buyers Club LLC seeks preliminary discovery to identify alleged unauthorised downloaders of the film

Online copyright infringement – back to drawing board

Opposition to the “extended authorisation” liability proposal is apparently unanimous