Kim Weatherall analyses last night’s leaked copy of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Weatherall discusses the controversial issues raised by this critical trade agreement which promises to be a comprehensive rewrite of IP enforcement obligations at an international level.
Dr Melissa de Zwart provides an in-depth analysis of the recent US YouTube decision. In this landmark case, the judge held that general knowledge of “ubiquitous” infringement does not impose a duty on Internet service providers to monitor or search its service for copyright infringement. Dr de Zwart comments on the commonalities of this case with the recent Australian decision of Roadshow v iiNet.
Karin Clarke discusses the concurrent Inquiries into privacy protection in Australia. Major reviews of privacy legislation are on hand that will affect consumer credit and health information. These reviews will also tackle on-line privacy protection in light of social networking sites and data collection activities.
Economists Assoc Profs Beth Webster and Paul Jensen discuss copyright damages. They argue why Larrikin (the owners of the copyright to “Kookaburra”) should not have been awarded damages from Men at Work for use of an infringing flute riff in “Down Under”.