August 6, 2017

Legal dangers of social media pile-ons

A Texas jury has awarded over a million dollars to a wedding photographer whose client posted defamatory comments on social media. The problem? The photographer’s refusal to hand over the wedding album unless the client paid extra. The bride claimed that the photographer was holding the pictures “hostage”. In the ensuing […]
June 6, 2017

Who owns copyright in your app?

Many organisations commission external developers to build apps. When you do, it’s important to get the ownership issues right. This quick checklist outlines a few key IP points for negotiation. 1. Who owns the app idea?  Your developer may have created other apps similar to yours and may wish to do so […]
April 4, 2017

Ten tips on privacy compliance for content makers

In this post I explain briefly why privacy is a growing compliance issue for content makers and publishers, and give ten tips to miminise legal and reputational risks. In a recent case Gina Rinehart sued Channel Nine over the miniseries “House of Hancock”. Among her legal claims was that her […]
March 23, 2017

A quick guide to reading contracts

My law partner Michael Easton has put together this quick guide to reading and understanding entertainment law contracts. Well worth a read.
February 24, 2017

The media and privacy – new developments

On 28 March I will be presenting at the Film and TV Law Seminar on the media, privacy codes and developments in privacy law. In particular I will be reviewing ACMA’s new Privacy Guidelines and recent code breach findings. I’ll also look at privacy law developments here and in the […]
December 20, 2016

The new golden age of Australian true crime

In this article I make the case for why Australian true crime serial podcasting is better than Serial itself. I review three recent podcasts – Phoebe’s Fall, Ballarat’s Children and Searching for Rachel Antonio for the latest edition of Inside Story. Happy and safe holidays everyone and best wishes for […]
November 28, 2016

Interviewing victims of crime for publication

The true crime genre is currently popular both locally and internationally. While some publications, such as the US podcast “Serial” and the Netflix series “Making a Murderer“, focus on the accused, others focus on the victim’s story. Understandably, not all victims of crime or their families wish to share their […]
October 22, 2016

Publication risk – ten questions to ask

I’m often confronted with disbelief when I explain the legal complexities of publishing content in Australia. Here’s a simple guide: if you answer “yes” to any of these ten questions, your content probably needs legal review. 1. Does the publication include adverse comments about anyone? A defamatory publication is one […]
September 21, 2016

Some tips for running an amateur digital photography competition

Want to run an amateur digital photography competition for your school or organisation? It is now easy and virtually cost-free to run a photo competition online. In a low stakes amateur competition it’s unlikely you are going to end up in an Archibalds-worthy legal challenge. But to ensure the competition […]
July 24, 2016

So a written release is worth something after all.

The trial judgment in the legal battle over “The Opposition” shows it’s not that easy to “revoke” consent to be in someone else’s doco, provided you weren’t tricked into it. In an earlier post I wrote about the injunction granted by the New South Wales Supreme Court against “The Opposition”, director Hollie […]