Get ready – your business is probably caught by Europe’s new data protection laws.

The European Union (EU) has introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR introduces a new set of rules around data processing and privacy. The rules are fairly prescriptive, and apply broadly to businesses around the world, including many Australian businesses.   What is happening? The European Union has introduced new data protection laws […]

Pokémon pops Redbubble in the Federal Court

One would assume that people would think twice before using Pokémon’s jealously guarded characters without Pokémon’s permission. However, as seen in the recent case of Pokémon Company International, Inc v Redbubble Ltd [2017] FCA 1541, some still try their luck.   How do you get images of Pikachu and Bulbasaur onto a t-shirt? You Pokém-on of course! […]

Unfair Contracts – JJ Richards contract terms declared unfair

In its first decision under the new unfair contracts regime that extends to standard form small business contracts, the Federal Court has found several terms to be unfair, and therefore, void. In October we published an article on our website about pending court proceedings in which the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) was pursuing […]

ACCC takes action to throw out rubbish small business contract terms

Introduced in November 2016, new provisions of the Australian Consumer Law prohibit businesses from inserting unfair terms into their standard-form contracts with small businesses. Until now, the new regime hasn’t been put to the test, but this month, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has put its money where its mouth is, and commenced proceedings […]

Who owns my social media content?

In 2017, an estimated 2.5 billion people will use social media, uploading roughly 300 million photos per day to Facebook alone. The volume of user generated content posted to social media is unprecedented, with many unaware of the legal implications online activity has on their intellectual property rights. What people don’t realise, is that although […]

The right to bare arms: can someone else own rights in your skin?

Your tattoos are unique, deeply personal, and a true reflection of your freedom, so you can do whatever you like with your tattoo – right?! Wrong. A spate of recent US cases suggests that, far from liberating you, tattoos might restrict your freedom in a number of unexpected ways. Tattoo artists are increasingly seeking to […]