'Parasitic' or copycat brands which mimic famous names are creating a market place of their own but they are treading on thin ice when it comes to copyright and intellectual property law.
There are many ways the not-for-profit GLAM sector - public galleries, libraries, archives and museums - could be protected from potential copyright damages claims.
Australia's plan to extend ISP 'safe harbour' copyright immunities to cultural institutions avoids more nuanced thinking about the nature and social value of culture, art and education.
Tim Rogers at the 2016 ARIA Awards.
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Tim Rogers has threatened to take legal action after one of his songs was included in Cory Bernardi's conservative Australia Day playlist. Rogers's case rests on obscure legal provisions known as moral rights.
Rapper Eminem performs in Santiago, Chile, in 2016.
Eminem is back and raging at Donald Trump - but for once the president has not retaliated. Maybe Slim Shady is just a bit too much like his core supporters.
YouTube and Facebook are protected from Australia’s copyright laws, since they already operate within the US safe harbours.
The government’s latest Copyright Amendment Bill is a step in the right direction, but it doesn't do enough to foster innovation.
Bootlegs - across formats - have experienced buoyancy within the music marketplace for the last 40 years or so.
Bootlegs will continue to be manufactured.
The future of the bootleg might just reinvent the official release.
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Digital and animal cultures pose a profound challenge to the law’s recognition of human uniqueness.
Copyright monitoring and enforcement would be an onerous and complex task for universities.
A recent Canadian court decision suggests universities should police any potential copyright infringements on campus and online. That's the last thing universities should have to do.
The digital age has added new challenges to copyright law.
An alternative to an open fair dealing right, or as a clarification, South Africa's copyright law could be amended with a specific provision to protect modern Internet uses.
Fair dealing allows Australians to use copyrighted content for news and reporting.
When can you use someone else's copyright work without their permission? We explain 'fair dealing' and 'fair use' law in a handy guide.
Fixing electronics devices doesn’t need to be difficult.
Many companies are working to prevent customers from fixing broken smartphones and tractors. By doing so, they're missing out on an opportunity to build customer loyalty and boost profits.
Artificial intelligence can now produce original paintings, novels and music.
Will the end of copyright mean the end of Aussie literature?
It's questionable whether current copyright laws actually support artists or more local content.
Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry performs in 1980.
In 2000, Berry's longtime piano player sued him, claiming he never got any credit for songs he had co-written. Even though the case was dismissed, a St. Louis lawyer decided to investigate further.
Rule change should make it easier for more copyright works to be made available in Braille.
A proposed tweak to the copyright laws should make it easier to reversion protected works for people with disabilities.
They’re still often more expensive overseas than in Australia.
The copyright wars are set to continue, with the government releasing a Productivity Commission report arguing for a relaxation of intellectual property laws.
The Grand Tour, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, available on Amazon’s pay-to-view service is reportedly now the most illegally downloaded program.
A court has ruled that internet service providers in Australia should block access to some illegal file-sharing websites. But is there a better way to beat the priates?
Should the government be able to use intellectual property laws to control who can criticise its health policies by using the Medicare logo?
Using intellectual property laws to try to shut down Mark Rogers’ 'Save Medicare' website shows how these laws serve to restrict free speech and advance government privatisation agendas.
Cheerleaders and smartphones are in the Supreme Court’s hands.
The Supreme Court is considering two cases stemming from the merger of design and function that could reshape intellectual property law. Can we protect innovation without impeding fair competition?
When commercial giants want to capitalise on graffiti 'logos', it's time to protect street artists under copyright law.