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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Protecting What’s Special

Sharon Givoni Consulting Protecting ideas

Most of us will have great business ideas from time to time. The challenge is how you can stop others from using them and slavishly copying them …. This article considers the law of confidential information and how you can protect that in Australia. It also considers the importance of registering unique trade marks and […]

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Legally Speaking: Street Art (Part 2)

Sharon Givoni Consulting Street art

Did you know that you could infringe copyright in a painting if it features in the background of a photograph which is used for commercial purposes? Yes, true. The same applies to street art and even graffiti. If you reproduce an image of it in a book, newspaper, magazine or online that could actually breach […]

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Legally Speaking: Street Art (Part 1)

Sharon Givoni Consulting Street art

Street art has gained credibility as a legitimate way for artists to communicate their works to the public outside of the confines of the mainstream art world. However, as it has increased in popularity, so has copying. Sometimes businesses forget (or do not realise) that street art – just like any other art – is […]

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Copyright and the Internet – busting some myths

Sharon Givoni Consulting Internet Law

In Cyberspace, once your illustrations are posted online you lose a certain degree of control. As a lawyer, I often see the same issues arise. For example, people ask about the ten per cent rule and also whether if they post a copy of their drawing it themselves they are protected. Misconceptions about the use of […]

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Unpicking the Threads

Sharon Givoni Consulting Retail and fashion Law

Textile companies or designers may be surprised to learn that, if you apply a three-dimensional element to your fabric, such as an embroidered or woven element, you could lose the benefit of copyright protection altogether. This article canvasses copyright and designs in the context of textiles. Read more… Kindly reposted with the permission of ATF […]

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Print & Pattern Protection

Sharon Givoni Consulting Retail and fashion Law

In the fashion industry and while the basic rule to remember is simply “do not copy”, what will amount to copying in any given situation can vary on the case.” This article explores the topic in light of some recent cases on point looking at Seafolly and Cotton On case studies by way of example. […]

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Textile Designers, Copyright & the Internet: Unravelling some common myths

Sharon Givoni Consulting Intellectual Property, Retail and fashion Law

For textile designers and businesses that sell fabrics, the internet can open many doors. The downside however is that this can expose you to an increased risk of being copied. This article provides tips about copyright on the internet and dispels a few common myths in the process. Read more…

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Taking Photographs In Public – Zooming In On The Legals

Sharon Givoni Consulting Photography

When you can take photographs in public? What are the copyright issues? Actually the answer is not as straightforward as you may think as Sharon Givoni, Melbourne Based, Intellectual property and copyright lawyer explains. Read on to get a low down on the issues. Read more…

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Protecting stripes as trade marks? Adidas did…

Sharon Givoni Consulting Retail and fashion Law

Creating a signature style for your clothing or footwear ranges can set you aside from the competition and even something as a few stripes on a shoe, if consistently used, can over time become a recognisable brand. If a competitor copies a distinctive visual element of your brand, your trade mark registration (if you have […]

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