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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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Revised (but not revolutionised) trade promotion laws.

The Lotteries Act 2019 (SA), together with the new Lotteries Regulations 2021 (SA) (Lotteries Regulations), take effect on 10 December 2021. The Lotteries Regulations are intended to bring clarity to, and simplify some elements of, the trade promotions framework and requirements.

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Appraising a data breach.

There is a proliferation of ransomware attacks, with reports of a 200% increase in attacks against Australian organisations in recent months. On a global scale, the average cost of cybercrime continues to rise, according to the latest ‘Cost of a Data Breach Report 2021’ by IBM and the Ponemon Institute...

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In a pickle over burger ad.

On 13 October 2021, the Ad Standards Community Panel (Panel) found that a Grill'd ad breached sections 2.3 and 2.4 of the AANA Code of Ethics (Code) because it used violence inappropriately and suggested sexual violence towards children. Use of animated or cartoon characters, simple themes (such as ‘good vs evil’)...

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The new Director Identification Number regime.

From 1 November 2021, company directors will be required to have their own unique director identification number (DIN) to verify their identity. DIN’s are a unique 15-digit identifier issued by Australian Business Registry Services (ABRS). Why were DIN’s introduced? DIN’s have been introduced to help prevent the use of false...

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