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Men at Work were found liable for copying two bars from Kookaburra Sits on the Old Gum Tree – a ‘fair use’ exception would have prevented this. Jolene Bertoldi

The Down Under book and film remind us our copyright law’s still unfair for artists

A new book and documentary tell us more about the story behind Men at Work's song Down Under – and the court case it eventually led to. They also prompt questions about current Australian copyright law.
BitTorrent site Pirate Bay is one of those often targeted in anti-piracy legislation. Bhupinder Nayyar/Flickr

There are better ways to combat piracy than blocking websites

The government's new anti-piracy bill is not the best solution to online piracy. What really works is easily accessible and affordable legal means to acquire the latest content.
Finding those responsible for illegal downloading on BitTorrents may prove a challenge. Flickr/nrkbeta

BitTorrent and the digital fingerprints we leave behind

How easy is it to find those responsible for movie piracy using BitTorrent technology, as in the Dallas Buyers Club case. Not as easy as you might think.
The ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict is only the most recent copyright ‘Controversy’ to erupt – just ask Prince. Mike Blake/Reuters

The messy history of music copyright suits

Like ambulance chasers, gimlet-eyed entertainment lawyers have been trained to detect the most trivial copyright infringements.
Marvin Gaye’s daughter speaks to the media after her family was awarded $7.4 million. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

How the jury in the ‘Blurred Lines’ case was misled

According to copyright expert Wendy Gordon, the judge bungled his instructions to the jury. From there, the outcome was inevitable.
Marvin Gaye’s family has won damages of more than US$7.3 million in a case involving Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. EPA/Paul Buck

Blurred Lines may be the biggest music copyright case of 2015

A jury in the US has awarded damages of nearly US$7.4 million to Marvin Gaye's family in a lawsuit against singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. Aren't we missing the point of copyright?
ISPs and telcos are finalising details of a plan that would issue ‘education’, ‘warning’ and ‘final’ notices to suspected copyright infringers. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com

Explainer: Australia’s ‘three strikes’ plan to curb illegal downloads

Following last week's release of a draft 'three strikes' scheme, the issue of online copyright infringement is again up for debate.
David Bowie famously issued ‘Bowie bonds’. Do artists have viable alternatives to copyright? EPA/Nils Meilvang

If copyright’s a dud, what business models do work for creatives?

Much of the creative work we value – whether it’s films, music, novels, or TV shows – requires a significant input of time and resources. The established method for raising the resources to fund such work…
If you’re in favor of copyright extensions – and aren’t a corporation holding the rights or a descendent of the original author – you probably need some sense knocked into you. Flickr

Why Batman and Rhapsody in Blue should be in the public domain, but aren’t

In 1998, if Congress hadn’t extended copyrights by 20 years, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind would all be in the public domain…
Australian creators understand that digital distribution is changing their industries – but they’re still materially affected by copyright infringement. AAP Image/MONA

Online infringement hurts: interviews with Australian creators

Music is no longer a treasured experience between artist and audience, people want easy consumption and access – Australian musician/ songwriter. Australian creators have been severely affected both financially…
Cultural icon, legal headache. That Hartford Guy

Courthouse Rock: Elvis’s legal legacy at 80

When asked in 1977 what he would do now that Elvis was dead, his manager Colonel Parker allegedly replied: “Why, I’ll just go right on managing him!”. In Parker’s mind, neither Elvis’ name, image, likeness…

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