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Davies Collison Cave | Australia | 21 Mar 2012

Prof. Jill McKeough to lead Australian Law Reform Commission review of copyright law and exceptions

Australia’s Attorney-General, the Hon Nicola Roxon MP, has appointed Professor Jill McKeough to lead an upcoming inquiry into Australia’s copyright laws.


Davies Collison Cave | Australia | 5 Dec 2011

ISPs propose “5 strikes and you’re warned” infringement policy; copyright owners unsatisfied

An alliance of ISPs has proposed a self-regulated scheme to warn infringing users about the potential consequences of their activities.


Davies Collison Cave | Global | 6 Oct 2011

Protecting brands on Google: a practical guide

Ensuring visibility on search engines’ result pages has become a core component of any online marketing strategy.


Davies Collison Cave | New Zealand, Australia | 30 May 2011

Three strikes policy for copyright infringement lands in New Zealand. Is Australia next?

The New Zealand parliament has amended the Copyright Act 1994 (NZ) to introduce a 'three strikes' policy towards infringing file sharing that will see repeat infringers fined NZ$15,000 or disconnected from the internet for up to six months.


Davies Collison Cave | France | 24 Mar 2011

Google faces French copyright fine for not removing infringing videos

Less than two weeks after Attorney-General Robert McLelland flagged the expansion of Australia's safe-harbour protections to include user-generated content distributors such as Google and Yahoo!, a Paris appeals court has found that Google infringed the copyrights of three documentary producers and an unidentified photographer, despite the availability of a similar 'mere conduit' defence under the European Directive on Electronic Commerce.


Davies Collison Cave | Australia | 25 Feb 2011

AFACT loses copyright appeal: full federal court finds iiNet did not authorise infringement

In a landmark 2-1 decision (Jagot J dissenting) with three separate judgments, the Full Federal Court yesterday dismissed an appeal against last year's decision that found internet service provider iiNet was not liable for the infringement of copyright by its users.


Davies Collison Cave | Australia, United Kingdom | 14 Dec 2010

UK High Court finds copyright in newspaper headlines; Fairfax distinguished

In a decision with strikingly similar facts yet markedly different findings to September's Federal Court decision of Fairfax Media Publications Pty Ltd v Reed International Books Australia Pty Ltd, the UK High Court has ruled that newspaper headlines are capable of copyright protection and that users of online media-monitoring services will infringe the copyright of newspaper publishers unless they obtain an appropriate licence.


Davies Collison Cave | Australia | 8 Dec 2010

The federal court ushers newspapers into the IceTV age

In a decision with far-reaching implications for Australia's creative and media industries, Justice Bennett of the Federal Court has recently ruled that newspaper headlines do not, as a class, enjoy copyright protection.


Davies Collison Cave | Australia | 17 Nov 2010

Copyright claim against ABC TV’s rage turns on ownership

A recent decision of the Federal Court emphasises two key factors that copyright litigants should keep in mind: they must be able to establish they performed the acts that qualify them as owners of the copyright they claim has been infringed, and they must bring their claim within six years of the infringement.


Davies Collison Cave | Australia | 9 Sep 2010

In brief: Fairfax Media v Reed International

The Federal Court has denied relief to Fairfax Media in its claim for copyright infringement against Reed International's ABIX service, which reproduced headlines from the Australian Financial Review ('AFR').

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