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.
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.
Taylor Swift hopes to outfox the counterfeiters.
The singer-songwriter has signed deals with two Chinese retailers to sell authentic merchandise in the country in hopes of stemming the tide of knockoffs.
BitTorrent site Pirate Bay is one of those often targeted in anti-piracy legislation.
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.
Lock and load.
An EU court has ruled that Lego's iconic mini-figures are a protected trademark and so cannot be copied. Here's why.
Copyright keeps appearing where it’s not wanted.
A decision against Google in its court case against Oracle this week could lay the ground for upheaval in the industry.
Australians who illegally downloaded Dallas Buyers Club could soon be receiving letters asking for payment.
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How much might Australians caught illegally downloading Dallas Buyers Club be charged for their indescretion?
Piracy might be theft, but it’s not the same as robbing someone of their material possessions.
Downloading copyrighted material without permission is illegal, but is it morally equivalent to stealing a DVD?
Game of Thrones has been the most pirated television show in history. Will season 5 be any different?
Australians are amongst the top pirates of movies and television worldwide, but that may change in time.
Finding those responsible for illegal downloading on BitTorrents may prove a challenge.
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 Dallas Buyers Club ruling is a further attack on online privacy.
The Dallas Buyers Club court ruling has serious implications for online privacy.
The ‘Blurred Lines’ verdict is only the most recent copyright ‘Controversy’ to erupt – just ask Prince.
Like ambulance chasers, gimlet-eyed entertainment lawyers have been trained to detect the most trivial copyright infringements.
Usefulness and value extends far beyond the century in which they were created.
Artistic works in the public domain may be free, but they form the basis of derivative works worth millions to the economy.
Marvin Gaye’s daughter speaks to the media after her family was awarded $7.4 million.
According to copyright expert Wendy Gordon, the judge bungled his instructions to the jury. From there, the outcome was inevitable.
Branding that will soon be lost.
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The argument that plain packaging encroaches on trademark rights is unconvincing – here's why.
Marvin Gaye’s family has won damages of more than US$7.3 million in a case involving Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams.
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.
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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?
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.
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.
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
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…