What would Google do [1]

According to Google, government requests (or should that be demands) for access to information about Google users (i.e., you) are up 120% around the world.

Now, it has produced a 3+ minute animated video, The Way of the Warrant, to explain how it deals with such, er, “requests” (in the USA).

I wonder what it does in those parts of the world (e.g. here: contrast the “common law” approach to this one) where they don’t have a fourth amendment?

Lid dip: Ride The Lightning.

  1. With apologies to Jeff Jarvis.  ?

Merry Christmas!


Thanks for stopping by during the year.

IPwars has headed off into the summer sun. Hopefully to return in late January.

Wishing you the compliments of the Season and all the best for 2014!

Australian blawgs

Separovic Injury Lawyers in Perth have compiled an interesring list of Australian legal blogs.

Law Geek DownUnder provides useful summaries about the issues in upcoming High Court cases and, when they’re handed down, what they decided.

In the past Stephen Warne has explained why all lawyers should have top up professional indemnity insurance (although apparently it does not help solicitors quite as much as it should(?)).

I shall have to check out the others.

Head on over here to see if there are any that might interest you.

In the IP field, I know of at least one other blog covering mainly patents.

New Judges

The Constitution requires that Justice Heydon retires from the High Court by 1 March 2013.

The Attorney General today announced that Justice Keane, currently the Chief Justice of the Federal Court, will be replacing him.

In addition, Justice Allsop, who is currently President of the NSW Court of Appeal, will be taking up appointment as Chief Justice of the Federal Court. Before he went to the Court of Appeal, Allsop J sat in a number of IP matters when he was a Federal Court justice.

The Attorney General’s Media Release.

Lid dip: Peter A P Clarke

Ambush marketing or how did …

… Darth Vader get past LOCOG security?


(Really starts after 00:23 and watch the crowd at 01:00 and 2:00.)

Lid dip: James McDougall

Merry Christmas!

Thank you for your time and comments and encouragement over the past year.

I hope you have continued to find something of interest.

IPwars is disappearing off into the summer sun like all be-gowned, if not be-wigged, creatures and should be returning in late January.

Meanwhile, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year!

Apple gets interlocutory injunction against Samsung

Apple gets over the first hurdle.

The future (?) for booksellers

Remember all the fuss when the Minister (was reported to have) said all the bookshops (except those in the big cities) were going to close? (or something like that).

It would appear that his comments may have arisen from a report by the Book Industry Study Group.

The report is not public yet, but the 138 submissions are and so is the Market Analysis Research Report from PWC (pdf).

There are lots of facts and figures in there. You may even recognise this as a world you live in:

Lengthy delivery times and insufficient availability of eBook titles are seen as impeding the competitiveness of Australia’s booksellers (‘bricks and mortar’ and online).

On the question of insufficient availability:

Options to improve business models for publishers could involve entering into international agreements to share global rights, competing directly for global rights, and controlling costs through centralisation. Experimentation will remain a priority for book publishers.

“Sharing” global rights probably won’t help the availability problem for electronic titles as that seems to be the cause of the problem. As a consumer, don’t I want less “sharing” so that when things become available electronically overseas I can get access to them now?


The available evidence suggests that overseas online booksellers are generally able to sell books published overseas at prices (including delivery) that are cheaper than those charged by Australian online booksellers. The price competitiveness of Australian booksellers is affected by the GST, the exchange rate, wholesale book prices, and postage costs.

On postage costs:

Our initial analysis suggests that an Australian business posting a book-like parcel to an Australian address would pay approximately 90 per cent more than a British business would to post the same package to the same address.

Well, if you’ve ever bought a book from The Book Depository, you know you don’t pay anything like the $10+ an Australian retailer charges you -$0. So why would you pay $30+ for a new paperback if you can get it for $10 – 15 from The Book Depository or electronically from Kindle/iBook/Nook?

Being old fashioned, I do enjoy wandering into a book store and browsing, but spending an extra $20 for a paperback which I (usually) only read once?

I do also enjoy reading books set in Australia or, more portentously, about the Australian experience. These cost pressures, however, will surely mean that Australian books will have to become cheaper to compete. It will be interesting to see how the Book Industry Study Group tries to solve that conundrum.

Lid dips: @isobelclare and @smh


Talking head, travelling slideshow

My Copyright Update 2011 for IPSANZ travels to Adelaide on 28 September.

If you’re in Adelaide, hope to see you there.

IPSANZ annual conference

If you’re going to be at the IPSANZ annual conference over the weekend, do say hello.