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Price Comparison Sites and Copyright - Protecting Your Databas
Mar / 04

Price Comparison Sites and Copyright – Protecting Your Database

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

Lately, we have had a number of clients approach us and ask about the legality of their online businesses. Particularly in respect to price comparison and directory websites. The question arises whether the use of other company information and things such as logos in comparison tables, charts or compilations is a breach of copyright. Copyright […]

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Copyright Theft
Feb / 05

They stole my photo! – Copyright Theft

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

Many of you have probably at some point or another searched Google for an image and used it for whatever purpose you required. Additionally, most people who use a photograph do not consider who the owner of that image is or the effect that using another persons work can have. Further, some of you may […]

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It's not easy being Green
Dec / 04

It’s not easy being Green

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

Frucor Beverages Limited, the maker of ‘V’ Energy Drinks recently lost a six year legal battle to register a trade mark for the shade of green used on its cans after a swatch of the wrong shade of green was mistakenly attached to the original trade mark application. The exact colour being applied for was […]

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Dec / 04

What happens if you don’t use your trade mark? Can it be taken away?

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

Apparently, the answer is yes. But there are conditions. The mark must have been registered for at least three years and there must have been three continuous years of non-use. The rule used to be five years, but it has recently changed so it is now in line with New Zealand laws. So, the rule […]

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Unfair Contract Terms
Dec / 03

Demystifying the magic of unfair contract terms

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

Unfair contract terms are something we are all wary of and most of us have probably been victim to them at some point in our lives. Consider the following scenarios: You enter into a long-term contract with a supplier for the supply of wood and hidden in the fine print are terms which give them […]

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Employee or a Contractor - Contractual Differences
Aug / 29

Employee or a Contractor – Contractual Differences

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

These days there is a blurred line as to whether you are legally considered an employee or a contractor. There are many different requirements and obligations for employers depending on if the worker is an employee or a contractor so it is an important question to answer. Failing to correctly classify an employee or a […]

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Louboutin Red Sole - Can it be trade marked?
Aug / 14

Louboutin Red Sole, Can It Be Trade marked?

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property

High heeled woman’s shoes with a distinctive red sole, that is the image of none other than classic Louboutin’s which have been a part of the Louboutin campaign for twenty-five years after French designer, Christian Louboutin had painted the back of one of his heels with red nail polish, and had been inspired ever since. […]

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner - Online Competitions in Australia
Jul / 30

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner – Online Competitions in Australia

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property, Internet Law, Social Media

When it comes to online competitions, many Australians do not know the rules behind setting them up. Many businesses and online personalities use online competitions as a means for generating traffic, followers and sales. So what should you consider when setting up an online competition?   What are the laws generally in Australia around running […]

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Creativity, Originality and Copyright Law
Jul / 10

Creativity, Originality and Copyright Law

Sharon Givoni Consulting Copyright, Intellectual Property

There is a lot of information involved when it comes to creativity, originality and copyright law. Clients often ask us what it would take to assert copyright in their drawings, artistic works or logos. The answer is simple. The first step is you need the work to be original in the sense that the copyright […]

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Dolan Kart - Danger Dolan
Jul / 09

Fun and Games! The Huge Success of Danger Dolan

Sharon Givoni Consulting Copyright, Intellectual Property, Trade marks

The Rise of Danger Dolan Many years ago, one of our clients, Daniel James Johnson, created the concept of Danger Dolan. From then Planet Dolan was formed which turned into an assortment of YouTube channels that focus on either “Top X” list styled videos (Planet Dolan), “Question and Answer” videos and music videos (Super Planet […]

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