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Apple takes a bite out of retail

Apple stores are more than just places to buy iPhones and MacBooks – they are experiences. We have all been to an Apple store and seen the distinct look and feel. From the sleek wooden tables to the iconic glass staircases. The layout is clean, minimalist and designed to showcase the products in the best possible way. But can the Apple store retail layout be trademarked?

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Navigating social media influencer requirements

In recent years, social media influencers have transformed the way brands engage with consumers. Influencers carry significant power in shaping trends, opinions and purchasing decisions of consumers. However, this newfound influence has also brought about a set of legal responsibilities that brands engaging influencers must understand and navigate.

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The unknown songwriter – AI music and copyright law

In an era where artificial intelligence continues to redefine the boundaries of creativity, recent developments in the music industry have brought copyright law into uncharted waters. With AI now capable of generating songs in the style of iconic musicians like John Lennon and Kurt Cobain, questions of copyright authorship and ownership are creating some big soundwaves.

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Domain name disputes: the Wild West of the internet

In the vast expanse of the internet, domain names are like digital storefronts, essential for businesses and individuals to stake their claim online. However, amidst the plethora of legitimate domain registrations, a darker practice known as cybersquatting lurks. This phenomenon occurs when individuals register domain names in bad faith, aiming to profit from the reputation of established trade marks or businesses.

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Giving the thumbs down emoji to trademarks

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) recently decided that simple emojis cannot be trademarked under European law. Here’s what happened: Background emoji In December 2021 a German company Käselow, sought to have a commonly used emoji registered as their trademark. The mark in question was an image of a hand sign commonly understood to mean ‘ILY’ or ‘I Love…

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Countdown to change: preparing your business for changes to the unfair contract terms regime

Australia currently provides protections, via the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth) (ASIC Act), against unfair contract terms (Unfair Contract Terms Regime). The Unfair Contract Terms Regime applies to consumer contracts and small business contracts that are considered standard form contracts.

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Ready to enter the metaverse? Privacy risks companies need to know

The metaverse is an interactive digital environment encompassing all virtual worlds, augmented reality and the internet. A space where users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users in real time. In simple terms, a 3D version of the internet. 1. Facebook’s nod to the metaverse Following Facebook’s rebranding to Meta, privacy concerns have been raised given Facebook’s history…

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Copyright has entered the chat … GPT

Key takeaways Recent developments of ChatGPT has triggered debate surrounding the legalities of its content. ChatGPT threatens authors and artists whose work may be used in ChatGPT content without their permission. ChatGPT also raises copyright issues for those who use ChatGPT to create content, as without a human author, it can be difficult to claim copyright infringement. ChatGPT is an…

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Baseless claims: Ed Sheeran wins 'Shape of You' copyright case

Most of you will have heard Ed Sheeran's blockbuster song 'Shape of You', the most streamed song in Spotify's history with over 3 billion streams. You may also have heard about the copyright case in which Sheeran and his co-writers were accused of plagiarising the 2015 song 'Oh Why' by Sami Chokri...

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SMS: Scam Message Service?

Have you recently received a text that didn’t seem right? Maybe it looked like one of these: 'Your package is on its way: get it as soon as possible! Click this link!' 'Hello, I've seen this video of you on the internet! Click here to see!' 'Hi, do you need a part time job? Click this link!' If that's a yes...

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