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SPECIAL COPYRIGHT EDITION
Copyright Developments in the Online Space
Eli Fisher, lawyer and co-editor of the Communications Law Bulletin, moderates a discussion between two of the most prominent voices in the Australian debate about copyright policy in the online space. Laurie Patton CEO of Internet Australia, and Jonathan Carter President of the Copyright Society of Australia and General Counsel of the Australian songwriters and music publishers’ collective, APRA AMCOS.
Is Sports Clip Sharing Legal in Australia? Applying the UK Fanatix Decision
Sally McCausland considers the implications of a UK copyright decision for Australian sports media.
Copyright and Social Media
Rebecca Dunn, Peter Pereira and David Krasovitsky provide some high level observations about copyright subsistence and infringement in the social media environment.
Summary note on the Productivity Commission’s Intellectual Property Arrangements Draft Report By Michael Williams and Xavier Fijac
500 Versions of Software and the Subsistence and Infringement of Copyright – The Full Court’s Decision in JR Consulting v Cummings
Anna Spies, King & Wood Mallesons, takes a look at the recent Full Federal Court decision in JR Consulting v Cummings and navigates a path through the vexed issue of subsistence of copyright in software releases.
After DBC: Can Piracy Be Curbed Outside of the Court?
Adrian Dean takes a look at the landscape post Dallas Buyers Club.
Profile: Nicholas Cole, Legal Practitioner Director of Cole Media & Entertainment Law and Producer at Talk Films
CAMLA Young Lawyers representative, Betheli O’Carroll speaks to Nicholas Cole about his roles at Cole Media & Entertainment Law and Talk Films, as well as his predictions for the media and entertainment industry.
In this issue:
New Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice
Clare O’Neil provides an overview of the new commercial television industry code.
If A Contract Granting an Intellectual Property Licence is Terminated,
Can the Licensee Continue to Use the IP?
Timothy Webb provides some helpful tips for businesses and their lawyers negotiating IP licences including that parties should consider clearly documenting in the agreement what should happen to an IP licence if the agreement is terminated.
Profile: Geoff Hoffman, Partner at Clayton Utz and CAMLA President
CAMLA Young Lawyers representative, Alexandra Gilbert, recently caught up with Geoff Hoffman, to discuss his role as Partner in Charge of Clayton Utz Sydney and his visions for CAMLA.
Security Law Watchdog Recommends Relaxing Secrecy Provisions for Journalists
Adam Zwi considers a report looking at the impact on journalists of section 35P of the ASIO Act.
Publication and Constructive Knowledge: Jurisdictional Divergence in Australia
CAMLA Essay Competition Winner, Joel Parsons considers innocent dissemination,
the different judicial treatment of constructive knowledge and the implications for social media users.
What Changes to Australia’s Media Ownership Laws are Being Proposed?
Associate Professor Timothy Dwyer, University of Sydney provides an overview of the recently proposed changes to Australia’s media laws.
Copyright in a Meme
Ryan Grant considers what copyright exists in a ‘meme’ and whether its author has any protection under Australian copyright laws.
Internet of Things - Is it Hype or the Next Big Thing? Part II
James Halliday and Rebekah Lam provide the second and final instalment in a two–part series which examines the legal and policy implications of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Profile: Christina Allen, General Counsel of Fox Sports Australia
CAMLA Young Lawyers representative, Eli Fisher, catches up with Christina Allen, to discuss her role as General Counsel of Fox Sports Australia and her views on the key issues facing the industry.
Punting on the Law: In Play Betting
Martin Ross and Mark Lebbon provide an overview of the operation of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 (Cth) and
consider the scope of the recently announced review into the Act and the implications for online in play betting.