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The “Blurred Lines” case – Sometimes it really is just the vibe
14th April 2015

After a long legal battle in the US between Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and the estate of Marvin Gaye over the song “Blurred Lines” and it's similarities to “Got to Give it Up”, a jury found there was copyright infringement and ordered the pair to pay US$7.3million. Read more

‘Authentic’ Aboriginal Art - ACCC v Australian Dreamtime Creations
31st March 2010

On 21 December 2009 Justice Mansfield in the Federal Court found that Australian Dreamtime Creations Pty Ltd ('Dreamtime Creations') misled consumers by making misleading representations about artworks using Indigenous art styles. The Court held that Dreamtime Creations breached s.52 of the Trade Practices Act ('Act') which prohibits corporations from engaging…

(RE)Introducing Creative Commons
24th December 2010

So you're a creator of music/graphic designs/films and you want to get your body of work 'out there'. You've heard about this licensing system called the Creative Commons that doesn't involve you seeing — or, more importantly, paying — a lawyer. What do you need to know before committing to…

360 Degree Record Deals
31st December 2008

In the face of declining record sales, record companies are presenting some artists with 360 degree deals, enabling the record company to share in revenue traditionally only collected by artists. This article looks at the arguments for and against these deals and what artists should consider before signing them.

3D Printing and the Lessons from Napster
10th September 2014

Just before the beginning of the new millennium, in May 1999, teenagers Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker launched the program that would change the business model of the music industry forever. In May of the following year, Napster had 20 million users and shared millions of songs worldwide. Napster’s fall…

A Cancelled Commission Case Study
31st December 2009

Rod Nash was shocked when a Sydney council told him to stop work on the sculpture they had commissioned him to make for a public library. He was suddenly lumbered with the rather large, unfinished, site-specific sculpture for which he had not yet been paid.

A fraction too much friction
30th September 2004

In light of a recent, well publicised literary scandal Katherine Giles discusses important considerations for authors when entering into publishing agreements.

A matter of fact: non-fiction and copyright
30th June 2003

Writers and filmmakers will often rely on research material when creating a new work. While it is certainly possible to infringe copyright in non-fiction works, copyright will not be infringed merely because the facts dealt with in the non-fiction work are incorporated into the later work.

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