Archives for: ‘Natalie Hickey’

IAB Australia releases Social Advertising Best Practice Guidelines

Last week, the Interactive Advertising Bureau Australia (IAB) released Social Advertising Best Practice Guidelines (Guidelines) for paid social advertising.  We’re pleased to see IAB helping members navigate the Social Media Wild West.  However, we suggest that the Guidelines be further reviewed to mitigate some continuing legal risks. The IAB is the peak industry body for online advertising in Australia.  According …

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To Kill a Mockingbird: The Inside Legal Story on Harper Lee’s Dispute

She’s been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom; she’s won a Pulitzer Prize; her only novel has sold over 30 million copies and it’s been made into an Academy Award winning film.  You would think that Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, would be raking in the royalties and enjoying her golden years following the huge success …

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Facebook status update (Part 2): Does that domain name say ffacebook.com?

We previously posted about another legal issue that was keeping Facebook busy, namely, a dispute over its use of the term “timeline” which it settled out of Court. Meanwhile (and more than 2000 miles away), on 30 April 2013 the United States District Court of the Northern District of California handed down a report and recommendation awarding Facebook more than …

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Facebook status update (Part 1): The legal battle behind Facebook Timeline

We think the folks at Facebook been busy.  From “Timeline” to “Typosquatters” to “Tight New Restrictions” on use of brand assets, there’s plenty for users to absorb.  This post is about Facebook’s Timeline lawsuit.  Stay tuned for our next two posts which will deal with “Typosquatters” and brand asset changes respectively. According to Facebook’s Form 10-Q (filed with the United …

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Orphans for sale – changes to UK copyright laws

What do dusty long-forgotten prints in the British Library, your latest Instagram masterpiece and Oliver Twist have in common? Answer: There’s a fair chance they’re all orphans. The term “orphan” is used to describe copyrighted material where the rights holder is not known or cannot be found after conducting a “diligent search”.  The UK has passed legislation which aims to …

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Neil Brooks and the Nine Network: Does ACMA offer sufficient vindication to current affairs program targets?

Current affairs programs like Today Tonight and A Current Affair enable ordinary Australians to voice their grievances in circumstances where traditional avenues to justice (i.e. the Courts) are increasingly out of reach. These programs are hugely popular. It follows that the more extravagant the allegation, the higher the ratings.  However, what happens if the allegations over-reach? A recent successful complaint against …

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Who owns the Pope’s favourite film – Babette’s Feast? (or is this all about moral rights?)

Whilst we have found out many surprising things recently about Pope Francis (such as that he is a passionate fan of the San Lorenzo Football Club, enjoys a tango and used to work as a bouncer in a Buenos Aires bar), we were not surprised to find out that His Holiness’ favourite film is Babette’s Feast. With themes of selflessness …

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Why we can’t bring you an analysis of Tom Waterhouse’s defamation claim against Peter Fitzsimons and Fairfax

The Deputy Registrar of the District Court of New South Wales has refused IP Whiteboard’s non-party application to obtain from the court file a copy of Tom Waterhouse’s court complaint against Peter Fitzsimons and Fairfax (more officially known as proceeding No. 2012/284242). The decision tends to focus the mind on the balance between two potentially competing principles. In the right …

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