Chinese Fakes. What can you do about them?

Sharon Givoni Consulting Arts and design, Intellectual Property

One question that Australian IP lawyers often get asked is what you can do to prevent your designs and products from being ripped-off in China. The issues surrounding IP protection are alive and well in China, which is notorious for its culture of copying, with “Naik” (Nike) shoes to “Adidos” (Adidas) tops right through to […]

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Lifting the blinds on copyright law

Sharon Givoni Consulting Copyright

With so much product imagery now easily accessible via the internet, intellectual property lawyer Sharon Givoni analyses the potential copyright pitfalls for window furnishings businesses, and offers practical solutions. Read more… The article has been kindly reproduced with the permission Window Furnishings Australia magazine (WFA)

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The Internet and Social Media

Sharon Givoni Consulting Copyright

We live in an age where most of us spend a significant portion of our everyday lives connected to the internet. Unfortunately, many people seem to treat online content as ‘public domain’, unaffected by the tenets of copyright law.  Not so, as potentially serious consequences exist when it comes to using and appropriating content found […]

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Contract Law for Designers

Sharon Givoni Consulting Copyright

Who would have thought that contract law involves more than just boring jargon and signing on dotted lines?  This article aims to give you clear understanding on your rights, responsibilities and obligations regarding contract law within the creative industries. It also explains in simple terms what a contract is, and the different sorts of contracts […]

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Copyright and Wrong: A Basic Guide for Designers

Sharon Givoni Consulting Copyright, Intellectual Property

Here we examine what is copyright, how are creative works protected? How not to infringe someone else’s copyright, all with a particular focus on designers. Read more…

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Granola

Sharon Givoni Consulting Food Law, Intellectual Property, Trade marks

Ordinary language or protected trade mark – are you doing the right thing? There is a famous quote that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. True as that might be – this is the last thing you want when it comes to your own brand. We use phrases all the time and don’t think […]

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‘Legal’ Battle of the Bulge

Sharon Givoni Consulting Food Law

In this article Sharon Givoni considers whether food companies may one day need to place “fat warnings” on their packaging and some overseas cases where people literally took “fat to court”. Today, with all the health and nutrition information required on packaging, health warnings are probably unlikely. Read more…

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Inspiration vs perspiration - The Basics of Copyright with Sharon Givoni
Aug / 10

Inspiration vs Perspiration – The Basics of Copyright with Sharon Givoni

Sharon Givoni Consulting Street art

Copyright protection springs to life once a work is created and reduced to some sort of tangible form. In Australia, you are not required to register it nor do you have to use the “©” symbol to be protected. It protects a range of works such as performances, paintings, photographs, sound recordings, works of artistic […]

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Preventing Copycats: Weaving Through the Legals

Sharon Givoni Consulting Arts and design

Imagine you come up with a great new pattern for curtain fabric that strikes a chord with consumers, a window shutter design or a special weave that flies off the shelves. What if you find out someone is copying you? Have you protected your IP? Can you stop them? How? This article considers how you […]

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Street and Photography

Sharon Givoni Consulting Photography

Intellectual property lawyer, Sharon Givoni works with professional photographers. While many of her cases involve the photographer taking legal action, they can also easily find themselves as the defendant. One example is when photographing street art. Sometimes copyright law can prevent you from taking photos of street art if the effect of this means that […]

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