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2022 - Volume 41

Editors: Ashleigh Fehrenbach and Eli Fisher


Regulating the Technology Giants – Trends in the United States and Implications for Australia
– Dr Martyn Taylor (Partner), Dietrich Marquardt (Senior Associate) and Maxine Richard (Lawyer), Norton Rose Fulbright 1

The Use of Juries in Defamation Proceedings in America and Australia
– Nathan Buck (Special Counsel) and Jeremy Marel (Senior Associate), Kennedys.

Fearless Girl Keeps Standing in Australia
– Zeina Milicevic (Partner) Jaimie Wolbers (Senior Associate) and Humyara Mahbub (Lawyer), MinterEllison

Interview: Mary Huang
– Belyndy Rowe, Senior Associate at Bird & Bird and CAMLA Young Lawyer Secretary, sits down with Mary Huang, Principal Corporate Counsel at Microsoft.
Currently based in Seattle, Mary is a product counsel for Microsoft Azure’s global expansion engineering team.

Johnny Depp v Amber Heard
– Sylvia Alcarraz (Managing Associate) and Kathryn Murray (Solicitor), Dentons

 Songbird or Magpie? What Stone v Carey Says About the Rising Wave of Copyright Claims in the Music Industry
– Laksha Prasad (Lawyer) and Emma Johnsen (Senior Associate), Marque Lawyers

Interview: Julian Keyzer
– Australian lawyer Julian Keyzer is a Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Fox Entertainment, now based in New York City, after 10 years of living in Los Angeles. Marlia Saunders, Partner (Media) at Thomson Geer, who worked with Julian at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) until he moved stateside in 2009, spoke with him on Zoom about his new role and his experiences working in the entertainment industry in the U.S.

A Battle of the Books: Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster Litigation
– Jennifer Dean (Partner) and Benjamin O’Mara (Associate), Johnson, Winter & Slattery

Profile: Tom Griffin
– CAMLA Young Lawyer Anna Kretowicz recently interviewed Tom Griffin, Associate General Counsel at Meta, to discuss working in-house at the company that arguably defines the zeitgeist of the 21st century.
Anna Kretowicz is a Judge’s Associate and is reading for the Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University in 2022-23

The Future of NYT v Sullivan and the Enforceability of Australian Defamation Judgments Against US Publishers
– Dan Lunniss (Lawyer), McCullough Robertson

In a World of Unlimited Imagination… How to Protect Your IP Rights in the Metaverse
– Richard Hoad (Partner), Jones Day and Emina Besirevic (Lawyer), Clayton Utz

Edited by Ashleigh Fehrenbach and Eli Fisher

A New ‘Single Up-to-date’ Online Safety Act Regime
Alex Hutchens, Partner, McCullough Roberston, discusses the Online Safety Act coming into effect earlier this year.

First Consideration of the ‘Serious Harm’ Test in Australian Defamation Action
The Supreme Court of New South Wales became the first Australian court to consider the serious harm test for a defamation action in Newman v Whittington [2002] NSWSC 249 (Newman). Georgie Austin, Zoë Burchill, Blake Pappas and Richard Leder, (Corrs Chambers Westgarth) discuss its implications.

Profile: Timothy Webb, Partner, Clayton Utz
Ashleigh Fehrenbach, co-editor sits down with Tim to discuss his career and insights.

The High Court Considers: Does Google Search Publish Every Website on the Internet? Looking Forward to Google LLC v Defteros
Alex Tharby
Fabienne Sharbanee and Mhairi Stewart, media lawyers at Bennett + Co, consider the Google LLC v Defteros defamation litigation.

Massive Defamation Payout Awarded Over YouTube Videos –
Will Google Appeal?

Marlia Saunders, Partner, Thomson Geer summarises the recent Federal Court decision in Barilaro v Google LLC [2022] FCA 650 (6 June 2022)

A New ‘Marker’ for Cyber Security Practices
Implications of the RI Advice Group Decision
Alec Christie (Partner), Avryl Lattin (Partner), Raeshell Staltare (Special Counsel), Christian Hofman (Associate), Alexia Psaltis (Associate), Clyde & Co, comment on ASIC v RI Advice, the first case to address whether failing to manage cyber risk is a breach of financial services obligations and, possibly, directors’ duties.

All Eyes on the Anti-Trolling Bill, But What About the Online Safety Act?
David Kim, Banki Haddock Fiora, comments on why the eSafety Commissioner’s expanded remit is on a collision course with the world of defamation.

Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code Gets a Makeover
Jaimie Wolbers, Simone Mitchell, Jonathan Kelp (MinterEllison) discuss what the new Therapeutic Goods Advertising Code 2021 will mean for advertisers.

To Be or Not to Be. Who Can Be an Inventor?
Helen Macpherson (Baker McKenzie Sydney), Tanvi Shah (Baker McKenzie, London) and Avi Toltzis (Baker McKenzie, Chicago) discuss the Thaler litigation, and the questions it raises about the recognition of AI as an inventor under patent law.

Out of Sight But Not Out of Jurisdiction –
Application of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) to Extra-Territorial Companies
Marlia Saunders & Jessie Nygh, Thomson Geer, discuss the recent findings of the Full Federal Court in Facebook Inc v the Australian Information Commissioner & what it means to ‘carry on business’ in Australia in the digital age.

Digital Platform Services Inquiry – March 2022 Interim Report
By Tara Taylor, McCullough Robertson

How to Treat an Angry Tweet – the Dutton v Bazzi Appeal
Kevin Lynch and Jade Tyrrell, Johnson Winter & Slattery, consider the Full Federal Court’s decision in Peter Dutton’s defamation proceedings

Source Confidentiality Under Siege:
How Law Enforcement Powers Threaten Journalists’ Ethical Obligations
Adam Lukacs, University of Queensland, in his CAMLA Essay Competition winning piece, comments on the legislative framework protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources.

FIRST, DO NO HARM: The Serious Harm Threshold in Defamation Cases involving Physician-Review websites
Nadine Mattini, University of Sydney, in her piece that won the second prize in CAMLA’s Essay Competition, writes about defamation cases involving physician-review websites and the harm that a negative review can have on a physician’s reputation in light of the serious harm threshold.

International Women’s Day Edition

After the success of our inaugural IWD special edition last year, we are pleased to again be sharing an edition of the CLB that celebrates the many illustrious and diverse contributions of some of our industry’s leading women. This edition contains a series of short interviews with around 40 leaders from a range of backgrounds and experiences across media, communications, IP, advertising, government, privacy, entertainment and tech.
You will hear brilliant stories from the bench, the bar, government, private practice, in house, and executive roles.

The CAMLA industries in Australia are driven by the intelligence, advocacy, warmth, leadership and persistence of many incredible women – and we are pleased to be able to share a sample of that in this bulletin.

Thank you to everyone who gave their time to be featured, and to the CAMLA Young Lawyers who conducted the interviews. This could not have gone ahead without all of you.

Enjoy the read!


Ashleigh Fehrenbach and Eli Fisher

In this issue:
Angelene Falk
Ashleigh Fehrenbach
Shelley Scott
Beck Barnett
Bridget Fair GAICD
Calli Tsipidis
Charlotte Olsen
Deanne Weir
Georgia-Kate Schubert
Gina Cass-Gottlieb
Jennifer Dean
Gillian Clyde
Valeska Bloch
Ita Buttrose AC OBE
Judge Penelope Wass SC DCJ
Mel Scott
Karen Andersen
Michelle Caredes
Natalie Kalfus
Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC
Rachel Launders
Louisa Vickers
Sarah Gilkes
Shoshana Shields
Sophie Jackson
Sylvia Alcarraz
Anna Spies
Jane van Beelen
Anne-Marie Allgrove
Katherine Sessions
Julie Inman – Grant
Alison Kerr
Katherine Sainty
Judge Judith Gibson
Claire Roberts
Miriam Stiel
Catherine Hamilton-Jewell
Penelope Hobart
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