Sharon Givoni Unpacks the Legal Dangers of Social Media for Fashion Labels

Sharon Givoni Consulting Retail and fashion Law

Fashion designers love getting ideas from all sorts of influences but what happens if you think that someone has gone too far and copied your designs? The Seafolly case decided in late 2012, shows that if you air your thoughts on Facebook and social media this can be very damaging and you could be taking […]

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SMILING FOR THE CAMERA!

Sharon Givoni Consulting Retail and fashion Law

Models, whether professionals or just ordinary people are used all the time in the fashion world. But do they actually own their image? And, if not, what sort of consents do you need under Australian law in order to use their image for the purposes you need to in your business? In this article Sharon […]

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Photography and the Law - Sharon Givoni
Aug / 02

Shooting in Public Places (Part 2)

Sharon Givoni Consulting Photography

While there is a popular conception that is a free world and you can freely photograph anything so long as you are in a public place in Australia, this is far from the reality. In this article, Sharon Givoni explains some of the legal limitations when taking photos in public places taking into account matters […]

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Photography and the Law - Sharon Givoni
Aug / 01

Photography and the Law (Part 1)

Sharon Givoni Consulting Copyright, Photography

Is it legal to photograph someone in a public place without their permission? This article addresses some common misconceptions and looks at copyright, model releases and legal consent when it comes to taking pictures of people and using them in all sorts of contexts. Read more… This article was first published in Australian Photography + […]

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Moral Rights and Copyright

Sharon Givoni Consulting Arts and design

Did you know that not attributing an author or artist can be a beach of their moral right? As can cutting up their photograph or painting? This article discusses Australia’s moral rights laws in the context of photography. Read more…

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The Butterfly Effect

Sharon Givoni Consulting Retail and fashion Law

Detailed prints are always going to be popular for dresses, but what happens if a label comes up with a design in-house and then finds the same print used by another garment label? This happened to Australian fashion label Ladakh recently when it discovered Quick Fashion Pty Ltd selling similar patterned dresses under its “Sweetacacia” […]

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Farmers see red over purple wax tip – How far one woman went

Sharon Givoni Consulting Protecting ideas

Red wax tip bananas are said to be tastier but another thing about them that many people don’t know is that the Queensland-based husband and wife farmers that produce them have protected the red wax tip as registered trade mark… this enables them to stop others from stealing their brand”. Read on to see what […]

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Celebrity Endorsement – Navigating the Minefield

Sharon Givoni Consulting Retail and fashion Law

Using images, names or likenesses of the rich and famous for promotional purposes whether in fashion or otherwise, can undoubtedly create a powerful endorsement of your brand… as long as you’re aware of the risks and traps to avoid. This article looks at this issue taking into account the Rihanna t-shirt case that went to […]

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Threading IP Law together for Beaders

Sharon Givoni Consulting Arts and design

Many creative people are making business out of their hobby. However, all sorts of business and legal considerations arise. These include trade marking the name of your brand, ensuing you own copyright in what you produce or others create for and not infringing other peoples’ rights. Read on for a hands on snapshot of dos […]

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Australian Dairy Foods – A dairy brand by any other name …

Sharon Givoni Consulting Food Law

Many dairy brands in Australia incorporate people’s names or place names – think Pauls and Peters, Bega and Bulla. But food companies need to think twice before using a name for the first time as a brand as if it is trademarked you could be taking legal risks. Read on to navigate the name game […]

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