News 2018.

Keeping your business safe from cybersquatters

What is cybersquatting? You will be familiar with the term ‘squatters’ in a property context, used to define a person who unlawfully occupies a property that does not belong to them. But are you aware that ‘Property’ now ...

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Unrealistic ideal body images on social media

What type of image do you want to portray? Unhealthy and unrealistic body images are the subject of a recent update to the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) Code of Ethics Practice Note (Practice Note) to ...

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Australia’s first federal modern slavery laws

Australia’s Modern Slavery Bill 2018 (Cth) passed through Parliament on 29 November 2018 with strong support from both sides of the House and the Senate. The new legislation, which will commence in 2019, requires large companies to ...

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Modern slavery update

In a win for corporate social responsibility and human rights, Australia’s first modern slavery legislation passed both houses of parliament yesterday. Globally, around 40 million people are victims of modern slavery. Under the ...

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Parallel importing cosmetics

Parallel importing is a divisive subject in the cosmetics industry. On the one hand, Australian cosmetics distributors can benefit from lower cost prices offered by overseas suppliers of genuine cosmetics goods. This in turn may ...

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It’s not you, it’s me

Nobody likes break-ups. They’re awkward, unpleasant and all too often end up being fairly messy. While this may sound obvious for romantic relationships, the same rings true in business. A classic example is the ...

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Delivering the goods: transport providers roped in

Until this week, transport and storage service providers were exempt from complying with the consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). This reduced their liability risk profile for goods: damaged or lost in ...

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A marriage is a lot like an orange

We’ve all dreamed of it, we’ve all definitely discussed it over a drink or 2, and some of us have even done it – start a company with a friend. ‘What could possibly go wrong?’ ‘We’d be unstoppable!’ ‘With my ...

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Esports – opportunity for video game developers

In part 1 of our blog on the global rise of esports, we focussed on legal issues affecting the industry, including player contracts, governance and sponsorship. Part 2 focusses on copyright issues raised by esports, how they differ ...

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Esports – what millennials are up to

Esports is short for electronic sports, a phrase reserved for the competitive video gaming scene recently emerged into the mainstream. It is already a massive global industry with huge viewership numbers and prize pools. The 2018 ...

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