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Dossier    December 19, 2014  
Peace breaks out for Christmas

Big end of town settlements feature as the end of the year draws nigh … Justice McCallum chastises plaintiff barrister (in his absence) and orders mediation in ABC matter … Wisconsin court dismisses proceedings against Fairfax ... more

Dossier    December 18, 2014  
The IP year in review

The past year has seen the release of several seminal reports, followed by much discussion and debate … Internationally, Kim Dotcom, the Pirate Bay and Wiklieaks figured prominently, as Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    December 8, 2014  
Spurr's poetic licence stays online

New Matilda and Professor Barry Spurr have a meeting of minds (sort of) ... An injunction prevents further publication, but Spurr’s racist and sexist emails stay online … More free speech action in the pipeline for the independent news website ... more

Dossier    November 26, 2014  
IP news, here and there

Public consultation on Marrakesh Treaty winding up … Latest developments in Sweden’s biggest file sharing prosecution … Kim Dotcom’s NZ legal team exit stage right … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    November 19, 2014  
Jury out on Hockey and Adams

No juries for federal treasurer Joe Hockey or NSW Supreme Court Justice Michael Adams … Nationwide News last media company left in Gordon Wood proceedings … The thoughts of Justice Lucy McCallum … In the shadow of the trade unions Royal Commission …. Doctor sues Nine over secret filming … Fresh action, new settlements ... more

Dossier    November 13, 2014  
IP news, here and there

Producers of Dallas Buyers Club take iiNet to court … Electronic Frontier Foundation seeks to protect your right to play old games … UK government commits to funding specialist online copyright infringement policing unit … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    November 6, 2014  
Beautiful one day...

Sydney defamation lawyer Barrie Goldsmith referred to the Legal Services Commissioner by QLD Supreme Court Justice Jean Dalton … A verdict for The Age in one jurisdiction, and an apology in another ... more

Dossier    October 22, 2014  
International IP news

Key features of the leaked second draft of Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement IP chapter … Graphics processing unit maker sues Samsung and Qualcomm … UK High Court paves the way for extended website blocking … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    October 1, 2014  
International IP news

British musician’s new album available for sale on BitTorrrent … US Supreme Court patent judgments impacting on patent trolls … Cartier seeks extension of injunctive relief … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    October 1, 2014  
Settle down

Big names settle for (reputedly) small sums … Sports “nutritionist” sues over banned drugs allegations … ABC producer sues over allegations he is a racist … “Person of interest” says he was portrayed as a suspected mass murderer … ACMA finds A Current Affair breached privacy ... more

Dossier    September 29, 2014  
Identity crisis

Sorry, wrong man … Fairfax, Random House and Allen & Unwin pay the price for sloppy journalism … Final bill looms for the costliest restaurant meal in Australia … Media to appeal Securency suppression order flouted by WikiLeaks ... more

Dossier    September 17, 2014  
IP news, here and there

Australia’s Full Federal Court upholds cancer gene patent … Disney takes on Canadian musician in Mickey Mouse dispute … CBS loses “podcasting patent” case … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    September 8, 2014  
New Supreme Court Defamation Practice Note

New Practice Note for NSW Supreme Court defamation proceedings does away with interrogatories – unless deemed necessary by the Defamation List Judge, Lucy McCallum ... more

Dossier    September 3, 2014  
IP news, here and there

A range of responses to the Australian government’s discussion paper on Online Copyright Infringement … Disney patents three new drone technologies … Google expands open patent pledge to developers … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    August 21, 2014  
International IP news

English Premier League cracks down on GIF and Vines copyright infringement … World’s “biggest podcaster” settles patent suit … Snapchat’s future to be decided by US patent judges … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    August 6, 2014  
International IP news

Spain takes on Google again, this time in respect of news aggregation … US citizens free to unlock their phones, at least for the next three years … Expendables 3 and the seemingly insoluble problem of online movie piracy … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    August 3, 2014  
Contemptuous conduct

Contumacious blogger fined $2000 … Alleged bikie associate takes action against the ABC and Fairfax … Interesting developments in Fairfax defences to proceedings brought by the federal treasurer and a NSW Supreme Court judge … More Corby action over The Project ... Keysar Trad turned away by High Court … “Cheating tradie” targets A Current Affair ... more

Dossier    July 24, 2014  
After Leveson

Visiting UK media law academic Dr Paul Wragg explains why press regulation reform is effectively nowhere 18 months after the Leveson Report… College of Law (Sydney) to host breakfast seminar on recent developments in Australian media law ... more

Dossier    July 18, 2014  
Corby watch

The Corby family files fresh proceedings against Channel Ten and Steve Price over comments on The Project ... And has a comprehensive win on appeal over “drug syndicate” imputations struck out by Justice Christine Adamson ... more

Dossier    July 15, 2014  
IP news, here and there

First award of “additional damages” in Australian trademark dispute … Singapore passes ISP level blocking laws … US anti-troll bill progresses, slowly … Rocco Rinaldo reports … more

Dossier    July 10, 2014  
Bolt out of the blue

A year after The Australian (and others) apologised to academic Barbara Ramjan for accusing her of lying when she said Tony Abbott “wall-punched” her at university, conservative commentator Andrew Bolt feels compelled to do the same ... more

Dossier    July 8, 2014  
Top of the list

Women at the top of the Defamation List in NSW … Court reporters (mostly women) on the way out in the same jurisdiction ... more

Dossier    June 23, 2014  
Hopping mad

Rabid blogger under increasingly large cloud of contempt as injunctions involving judges and lawyers are granted … Angels band members’ gothic letter of demand … Queensland criminal barrister sues over true crime book ... more

Dossier    June 17, 2014  
Big men's suits

Heavy action … Nick Di Girolamo sues Fairfax … Clive Palmer sues Queensland Premier … Joe Hockey seeks expedited hearing … ... more

Dossier    June 11, 2014  
IP news, here and there

Apple’s patent royalty dispute strategy backfires … Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom manages to stall US civil suits, for now … US anti-patent trolling bill unlikely to pass this year … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    May 23, 2014  
Dog's breakfast

ABC urges The Australian’s Chris Kenny to settle “dog-fucker” defamation action … Letter released to the media detailing settlement terms … Kenny responds by saying he doesn’t want to be bullied ... more

Dossier    May 22, 2014  
Jolly hockey sticks (not)

No surprises … Treasurer Joe Hockey employs some big end of town talent to run his defamation proceedings against The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times ... more

Dossier    May 21, 2014  
IP news, here and there

Apple and Google settle patent dispute … US states move on anti-patent trolling laws … Patent trolling study details … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    May 7, 2014  
IP news, here and there

Sydney court sentences Foxtel pirates … US Supreme Court opines about lawyers costs in patent disputes … $32 million lawsuit against “Pirate King of MMA” ... Second Apple v Samsung jury verdict … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    May 2, 2014  
Sports action

New actions brought by an indigenous surfer and an amateur rugby player … Details of Sydney media lawyer’s defamation action against blogger … Settlements ... more

Dossier    May 1, 2014  
Get Fairfax

Local politicians, property developers, crime figures, football administrators and poker players, accountants and school managers, defunct restaurateurs, a serial litigant and a woman wrongly convicted of conspiring to murder her husband all have a shot at Fairfax ... more

Dossier    April 23, 2014  
IP news, here and there

UK cyber crime police shut down sports torrenting site … South Africa prosecutes its first Pirate Bay up-loader … Kim Dotcom’s latest legal wrangles … Game creator backs down in trademark dispute … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    April 8, 2014  
IP news, here and there

UK police target pirate sites’ revenue streams … Roman Court of Appeals overturns blocking order … Sony’s worst takedown order yet … Australian government Bill to protect sporting event logos and indicia … Rocco Rinaldo reports … more

Dossier    March 27, 2014  
IP news here, and there

IP Australia modernises its customer enquiry and international patents systems … Google and Viacom settle seven-year YouTube copyright battle … US judge rules that IP addresses are not people … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    March 12, 2014  
IP news here, and there

Google critiques the Australian government’s internet regulation policies … Italy embarks on its biggest ever anti-piracy crusade … Latest news on Lawrence Lessig and Liberation Music, Personal Audio and the EFF and Twitter’s patent spend ... Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    March 11, 2014  
Get thee to the District Court

Defos sent down to the Dizzo … Fairfax sued by a female teacher wrongly identified as a paedophile, an Ibrahim and a Sydney cosmetic clinic… Seven contends with a claim for ten million dollars and a man it accused of not paying his rent … Nine under fresh attack by Newcastle doctor … Former Olympian sues Optus … ... more

Dossier    March 6, 2014  
ABC news update

Your ABC settles a major case for major money … Fails to have imputations pleaded by a corrupt former NSW minister struck out … But wins an important point in proceedings over The Chaser boys’ “dog-fucker” skit ... more

Dossier    February 26, 2014  
Lawyers, guns and money

Lawyers in the thick of AFP/Corby capers … Corbys appeal imputations strike out … Open justice in Sydney and Melbourne … Damaged lawyers ... Wisconsin action against Fairfax … Appeals afoot, and final ... more

Dossier    February 25, 2014  
IP news, Australia

ALRC finally delivers its long-awaited report on Copyright and the Digital Economy … Federal Attorney-General George Brandis threatens imminent action against ISP piracy … Rocco Rinaldo reports ... more

Dossier    February 11, 2014  
IP news here, and there

Cisco settles with Innovatio after $13 million legal battle … Producers of Dallas Buyers Club sue 31 BitTorrent users … Twitter buys 900 IBM patents … Google sheds Motorola hardware division ... more

Dossier    January 27, 2014  
IP news here, and there

Latest advice from IP Australia as deadline for public consultation on new IP Bill nears ... Prosecutors articulate case against Kim Dotcom … Fallout from YouTube’s new MCN policy ... more