October 11, 2017

Copyright: buy, rent, aggregate?

In the digital world pioneered by Uber, AirBnB and Google, ownership of physical assets is no longer essential. But does the same apply to copyright? Is it better to build, buy, rent or just aggregate copyright for your project? What’s copyrightable? Under Australian law you don’t need to register copyright […]
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 […]
May 27, 2016

Would fair use mean less sport news in Oz?

There’s a lot of debate about whether to introduce a US-style “fair use” exception to Australian copyright law. Supporters argue that it will allow new free uses of copyright in the public interest. But if you read “public interest” as “the well known insatiable Aussie interest in sports news”, then […]
April 7, 2016

The Fanatix sports clip sharing case – would it apply in Australia?

A UK court has found that an app whose makers planned to  “disrupt the $40 billion global sports media rights market” infringed copyright in sports broadcasts. The England & Wales Cricket Board and its host broadcaster Sky, were not impressed by the app’s sports video sharing function, and sued. The […]