May 2011

May 31, 2011 3:51 PM | Posted by Kate Rintoul and Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
S. Victor Whitmill - the tattoo artist who designed and applied the tattoo gracing the left side of Mike Tyson's face - caused a stir in Hollywood last week when he launched proceedings against Warner Bros for copyright infringement. The film giving rise to those proceedings, The Hangover: Part Two, was released in the US (and elsewhere) as originally scheduled after Whitmill failed to convince a US District Court judge that its release should be injuncted. Mr Whitmill is, however, proceeding with a damages claim against the studio. read more
May 27, 2011 3:34 PM | Posted by Siobhan Doherty and Veronica Scott | Permalink
From 26 May 2011, new UK laws require website operators to obtain a user's consent before using (eg by storing or accessing) a cookie (a text file saved by the site to a user's computer to store information such as user preferences) or a similar technology, unless the cookie is strictly necessary for the operation of the website. read more
May 24, 2011 4:22 PM | Posted by Veronica Scott and Kate Ballis | Permalink

Ben Grubb’s arrest raises many questions about the law. In this post, we look at two of them:

  • what rights do users have over information they upload to social networking sites?
  • what can journalists publish?
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May 19, 2011 4:35 PM | Posted by Veronica Scott & Amanda Smorgon | Permalink
The arrest of Fairfax technology journalist Ben Grubb by Queensland Police highlights the confusion over the legal status of digital data, as well as the inadequacy of legal protection for online content and the freedom of the media to report on public events.
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May 18, 2011 3:25 PM | Posted by Marina Cornish | Permalink
English privacy law and the effectiveness of 'super injunctions' have been brought into question recently. read more
May 16, 2011 3:16 PM | Posted by Peter Kearney | Permalink
The controversial settlement between Google and representatives of authors and publishers has been rejected by US Federal Court Judge Denny Chin after a contentious two year debate, stalling Google's plans to create the world's largest digital library, and sparking further criticism of the copyright regime's application to the digital era. read more