August 2012

August 31, 2012 5:12 PM | Posted by Rachel Cox and Peter Kearney | Permalink
From 25-31 August, Brisbane will host the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival. Emerging and established designers and well-known Australian labels will showcase their latest collections. In an industry where one of the key drivers is to capitalise on popular trends and have the 'it' item, copycat fashion is rife. In these circumstances, how can designers and fashion labels protect their designs and brand from copycats? read more
August 30, 2012 5:22 PM | Posted by Nicholas Liau and Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
Bill Granger, an Australian chef, has written a series of very popular cookbooks over the years which have been published by Murdoch Books (Murdoch). Murdoch published a series of cookbooks entitled Best of Bill and Bill Cooks for Kids, which were compilations of recipes that had been previously published by Murdoch in Bill Granger's other cookbooks. read more
August 28, 2012 5:24 PM | Posted by Genevieve Watt and Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
Three recent Canadian Supreme Court decisions involving the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) have tested the application of the fair dealing provisions in the Canadian Copyright Act, R.S.C 1985, c. C-42 to relatively new technologies including music streaming, internet sales of video games and free previews of musical works on music publishing sites. These cases test the boundaries of the principle of technological neutrality and raise interesting issues that Australian courts may well need to consider at some stage. read more
August 21, 2012 5:46 PM | Posted by Lucy McGovern and John Fairbairn | Permalink
On 20 August 2012, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released its IssuesPaper for the inquiry into Copyright and the Digital Economy. The Paper sets out 55 questions reflecting the issues that will be the focus of the Inquiry as well as proposed guiding principles for reform. read more
August 8, 2012 10:29 AM | Posted by Kate Vaughan and Anthony Borgese | Permalink
Last month, the Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB) made two determinations that will change the way businesses use Facebook to promote brands. read more
August 6, 2012 11:16 AM | Posted by Nick Liau and Paul Kallenbach | Permalink
Winnebago Industries, Inc (Winnebago) is a popular American manufacturer of motor homes (commonly known as RVs in the US). Knott Investments (Knott) had been using the Winnebago name to manufacture motor homes in Australia since 1982 without any official endorsement from the American company. read more