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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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Katie v Katy: a 'Perry'lous dispute

An ongoing legal dispute between clothing designer, Katie Jane Taylor and American singer-songwriter, Katy Perry, continues to make headlines. Taylor, owner of the registered trade mark 'Katie Perry', claims that Katy Perry's use of the mark 'Katy Perry' for her products is deceptively similar. In response to Taylor's claim, Katy Perry...

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A hefty price for a Google Ad

When seeking out answers, we all reach for Google, the most commonly used platform for information searches. Often, we assume that our search results are accurate. Accuracy is very important when businesses market their products and services on the internet. It is for this reason that they should ensure they do not...

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Handshake agreements or fist bumps?

Society has always prided itself on honouring a handshake agreement. But, what happens when one of the parties shaking hands, is not honourable? Unless your handshake is backed with a written agreement, you might not have a ...

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Businesses face penalties for unfair contract terms

State and territory consumer affairs ministers have recently agreed to strengthen the Australian Consumer Law unfair contract terms regime. Key proposed changes, as outlined in the Treasury’s Regulation Impact Statement...

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Negotiating tech contracts into a well-oiled machine: Part 2

In part 1 of our series on negotiating IT services agreement, we focussed on the importance of clearly defining the parties’ primary responsibilities in IT projects. In part 2, we now focus on other key pitfalls that may ‘make or break’ your IT project.

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Negotiating tech contracts into a well-oiled machine: Part 1

In part 1 of our series, we focus on the importance of clearly defining the parties’ primary responsibilities in every IT project. A well drafted IT services agreement will accurately define the scope of services. Fine tuning of the following key...

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The wild west of cybersquatters

The past few months has shown us how important an online presence can be for any business, both from growth and business continuity perspectives. In our previous post, we talked about what ‘cybersquatting’ is...

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How a typo can cost you

We’ve all seen it – an email sent to the wrong person. Perhaps a misspelled email address or an email sent to the wrong ‘Jennifer’. A recent decision by the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner shows how a simple clerical...

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