Tag Archives: Copyright



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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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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Inspiration vs perspiration - The Basics of Copyright with Sharon Givoni
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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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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 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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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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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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