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IF YOU CAN’T BEAT THEM, BLOCK THEM. SECTION 115A STRIKES AGAINST PIRACY WEBSITES, THIS TIME FOR THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

By Rohan Singh, Jessica Noakesmith and Brett Shandler Universal Music Australia Pty Limited v TPG Internet Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 435 (28 April 2017) (Universal Music) Last week in the Federal Court of Australia, over thirty internet service providers (ISPs) including TPG, Optus and Telstra were ordered to block access to the torrenting website KickassTorrents … Continue Reading

WHEN IT COMES TO INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, MILLINERS SHOULD TAKE OFF THEIR FASCINATORS AND PUT ON THEIR THINKING CAPS!

By Josephine Gardiner (Sydney) Australia’s best-known horse racing event, the Melbourne Cup is on today. The race is known to stop the nation… but that’s not all they’re stopping for! Floral frocks, feathers and fascinators – the event is a real life fashion show with its own catwalk known as ‘Fashions on the Field’. The … Continue Reading

IP Australia releases 2016 IP report

Authored by Melinda Upton IP Australia, the body governing IP in Australia, has released its 2016 Intellectual Property Report. The report aims to promote awareness of IP rights and discuss the latest IP statistics. The report shows that in 2015: patent applications grew by 10 per cent with 28,605 standard patent applications a record number … Continue Reading

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR – IMPLICATIONS FOR AUSTRALIAN RETAIL

By Melinda Upton, Jessie Buchan and Courtney Adamson (Sydney) Prior to 2014, the majority of large global retailers were electing to take a somewhat soft approach to their entry into the Australian retail market.  By opening up websites locally and/or shipping to Australia via online means, overseas retailers were able to follow a low-cost, low-risk way … Continue Reading
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