Mainly intellectual property (IP) issues Down Under

Telstra v PDC special leave

The High Court (Gummow and Bell JJ) refused Telstra’s special leave application this morning. Young QC for Telstra ran hard on the concurrent findings that there was human skill and effort in the collection and verification of the data. However, that ran up against Yates J‘s findings at [167] – [169] and Keane CJ’s findings at [89] – [90]. At [113], Perram J had said: Had the tasks been attended.. Read More

IceTV talk

Trying out a new experiment: For such use as they may be, here are the slides for Monday’s talk to the VSCL on IceTV I’m afraid there’s no audio. IceTV The New Law of Copyright in Australia View more presentations from Warwick Rothnie. Here too is the link to RailCorp’s complaints about the Sydney Transit iPhone app. Another way of trying to deal with (part of) the problem.

IceTV Second Look

IceTV publishes an electronic tv program guide or schedule. The ABC and SBS provide their program schedules, but the commercial free-to-air networks refused. Mr Rilet sat down and watched 3 weeks of Channel 9 programming, writing down the time and title of each program. He then made up a program schedule ‘predicting over’ what would be broadcast. As the broadcast date neared, however, IceTV employees checked up to 3 other.. Read More

A new law of copyright Down Under?

The High Court has unanimously allowed the appeal in IceTV. IceTV did not reproduce a substantial part of Nine’s copyright in its program guides by reproducing the time and title information from those guides. At least that means people in Australia will be able to use PVRs without the shackles imposed by the TV networks. IceTV Pty Ltd v Nine Network Australia Pty Ltd [2009] HCA 14 (lid dip Joshua.. Read More

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