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 […]
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 […]
April 22, 2016

What’s a written release worth? Part 1: Kidu injunction against doco screening

This note reports on the initial injunction granted by Slattery J in favour of Dame Kidu, a participant in director Hollie Fifer’s debut documentary “The Opposition”. For Part 2, reporting on the subsequent trial judgment dismissing the injunction, click here. An interlocutory injunction granted to prevent the imminent overseas screening […]
February 18, 2016

Promoting your content: ten legal tips

These days a promotional campaign needs to reach audiences through social media as well as traditional publicity channels. But promoting your content through social media can increase legal risks. A well known example is the case of Hockey v Fairfax, where Joe Hockey failed to win defamation damages from Fairfax over an […]