auDA reviews whoIS policy

auDA, the body which administers the domain name system in the .au (i.e. Australia) space (OK, ccTLD) has embarked on a review (pdf) of its WhoIS policy. There are 2 main issues: Should there be any changes to auDA’s WHOIS Policy covering the collection, disclosure and use of WHOIS data for .au domain names? Should access to […]

Designs Act 2003 review

ACIP has published an issues paper reviewing the operation of the Designs Act 2003 for the first time since it came into force.

auDRP review

auda is conducting a review of the auDRP – the dispute resolution policy covering domain names registered in the .au domain name space. The auDRP was derived from the UDRP, so many of the principles worked out under the latter are equally applicable under the auDRP. Two of the main differences, however, are that under […]

Parmaceutical Patents Review

Last month, the Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation, Mark Dreyfus, has appointed a panel to review the patenting of pharmaceuticals in Australia. Now the Panel have published a Background and Issues Paper. The Panel’s initial impressions of key issues include: a number of concerns have been raised about the length and breadth of protection provided […]

Access to affordable medicines or new review of pharmaceutical patents

The Parliamentary Secretary for Industry and Innovation, Mark Dreyfus, has appointed a panel to review the patenting of pharmaceuticals in Australia. According to the Terms of Reference, the review: will evaluate whether the system for pharmaceutical patents is effectively balancing the objectives of securing timely access to competitively priced pharmaceuticals, fostering innovation and supporting employment in […]

ALRC’s Copyright and Digital Economy Issues Paper

The ALRC has published an Issues Paper for its inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy. In an attempt to provide some structure to the anticipated submissions, the Issues Paper propounds some 55 questions over a range of topics including: should (maybe that should include “can”) Australia adopt a “fair use” exception (questions 52 – […]

TPM exceptions review

Following my post on the ALRC’s reference re exceptions in the digital environment, a couple of people kindly pointed out the Attorney General’s department is also conducting a review of the exceptions to technological protection measures. A technological protection measure is … well, anyway, since the Sony v Stevens stuff up, the definition has been […]

ALRC terms of reference finalised

The Government has announced the finalised terms of reference for the Australian Law Reform’s inquiry into copyright: I refer to the ALRC for inquiry and report pursuant to subsection 20(1) of the Australian Law Reform Commission Act 1996 the matter of whether the exceptions and statutory licences in the Copyright Act 1968, are adequate and […]

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 […]