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Continued growth in Maddocks Commercial Disputes and Franchise and Consumer Markets practice November 19, 2015

Thursday 19 November 2015 Leading law firm Maddocks has announced the appointment of partner, Shaun Temby, to join its Commercial Disputes and Franchise and Consumer Markets practices. He will be based in Sydney. Shaun has … Continued

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Governments gain reprieve from competition laws November 25, 2015

Background In our recent regulatory update (ACCC set to target anticompetitive conduct by government), we discussed the Harper Competition Policy Review recommendation (24) that competition law be extended to all government activity in trade and … Continued

Around the World: Update May 2011

This update provides an overview of the latest issues of interest to ICT professionals both in Australia and Internationally. We hope that you will find this information useful.

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Brendan Coady | Partner
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Domain Names

Cities battle over geographic internet domains
A long rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne has moved to the web, as both vie to be the first Australian city to operate its own international top-level domain. Full Story

Bottle Domains Pty Ltd registrar accreditation terminated by consent
Following legal proceedings between auDA and Australian Style Pty Ltd (trading as Bottle Domains) in 2009-10 , the registrar accreditation of Bottle Domains Pty Ltd has been terminated by consent of the parties, with no admission of liability on the part of Bottle Domains Pty Ltd. Full Story

AFNIC CEO Discusses .FR Achieving 2 Million Registrations And Benefits New gTLDs Could Bring
The French country code .FR strode past the two million active registrations mark last week. Mathieu Weill , the CEO of the French registry, AFNIC, took some time to speak to the Goldstein Report to discuss the growth in .FR registrations, what is happening at AFNIC and the future. Full Story

.EU Celebrates 5th Birthday – 3.4m Registrations and New Identity Magazine
As .EU approaches 3.4 million active domain names, EURid is celebrating its 5th birthday and has released a special birthday edition of their Identity magazine. Full Story

How the Pacific was won, by internet
The Polynesian island of Niue has done good business in recent years selling .nu domain names. Now the rest of the Pacific is benefiting in deeper ways from the communications revolution of the internet. Full Story

IPv4 Depletion Reaches Critical New Phase As APNIC Rations Addresses
One more step along the road to IPv4 depletion happened today when the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) reached the last block of Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses in its available pool, activating a major change in regional delegation policy. Full Story

Internet Use

Internet creating 'inclusive, engaged society'
Increasing use of the internet is having a positive impact on the country's social relations and political engagement, according to a new study by the Australian National University (ANU). Full Story

Australia's internet subscribers exceed 10 million [news release]
Internet subscribers in Australia climbed to 10.4 million in the six months to December 2010, according to a report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This is up from 9.5 million in June 2010, which represents a growth of nearly 10% in the last six months. Full Story

Australian net users logged on 21 hours a week
The internet has surged ahead in its dominance of consumers' media activities, with Australians increasing their time online by a record-breaking four hours a week last year. Full Story

Nielsen's state of the online market: Evolution or Revolution? The online landscape is at a turning point as another dimension is gaining momentum… according to the Nielsen Australian Online Consumer Report [news release]
While use of the internet amongst the Australian population has reached maturity, the online landscape is at a turning point, as another dimension is gaining significant momentum. That of the internet-connected mobile device – whether this be smartphones, tablet computers, eReader, connected games devices or some other hybrid forms likely to emerge, according to the Nielsen Australian Online Consumer Report.  Full Story

Berners-Lee: Web access is a 'human right'
Two decades after creating the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee says humans have become so reliant on it that access to the Web should now be considered a basic right. Full Story

Internet Addiction: A Public Health Crisis? by Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W., Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University's schools of social work and public health
The growing use of the Internet in everyday life has raised concerns that large numbers of people have become "Internet addicts" and that the Internet is dehumanizing us. Despite the credibility of some of the people who raise these concerns, the evidence is anything but conclusive.  Full Story

NY Times gains online subscribers, but woes linger
New York Times Co's risky attempt to charge fees to website readers looks to be paying off, although it still faces stiff challenges in turning around a fall-off in print advertising revenue at its core business.  Full Story

FT: The Pink 'Un powers on
The Financial Times's online subscription model is 10 years old and has just posted huge subscription figures. What's its secret? Full Story

Young people 'would rather live without TV than mobiles or net'
For the first time, more young people say they would prefer to give up watching television than doing without their mobiles phones or the internet, according to an Ofcom survey. Full Story

New Technologies

Apple named 'least green' tech company
Apple has come bottom of the most comprehensive green league table of technology companies because of its heavy reliance on "dirty data" centres. Full Story

Nordic and Asian nations connected for growth, says WEF
Sweden and Singapore are the most competitive countries in the digital economy, according to a study by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Full Story

Intellectual Property

Microsoft Seeks Expansion of Patent Rights on 'World Intellectual Property Day'
Microsoft celebrated "World Intellectual Property Day" with a new call for protecting IP rights for touch-screen interfaces and Web-based services. Full Story

‘Inflexible’ copyright laws harm Aussie e-commerce
Australia’s growth in online commerce could be strangled by strict copyright laws, which are out of step with competing economies according to a paper released by the Australian Digital Alliance. Full Story

Organic food SME’s intellectual property fight with Woolworths heads for trial
The final court date has been set for the ongoing legal battle between Woolworths and independent retailer Organic Marketing Australia, after the parties failed to reach an agreement over use of the phrase "Honest to Goodness". Full Story

Sweet success for Lindt in chocolate Easter bunny case
The Swiss chocolate firm Lindt and Spruengli has won a marathon court battle to protect its golden Easter bunnies from an Austrian rival.  Full Story

International Design System sees Record Growth in 2010 [WIPO news release]
International design activity saw strong growth in 2010 with WIPO receiving 2,382 applications under the 57-member Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, or a 32.6% increase over the previous year. The number of registered designs that were filed by applicants from the following countries increased significantly in 2010 compared to 2009: Germany (+31%), Switzerland (+42%), Turkey (+108%), Austria (+48%), Spain (+541%), and Luxembourg (+271%). Similarly, international design registrations grew by 31.8% with a total 2,216 registrations in 2010. Full Story

Bratz dolls case resolved with $88.4m payout by Mattel
The Bratz dolls have beaten Barbie in a plastic cat fight of epic proportions. A US jury has found that Barbie toymaker Mattel had stolen trade secrets from a smaller rival, MGA Entertainment, and awarded the house of Bratz $88.4m. Full Story

David Cameron warned over IP law change by TV industry
The UK's biggest commercial broadcasters have joined forces to warn David Cameron against a wholesale relaxation of intellectual property (IP) laws, saying it could cripple the country's £4bn audiovisual sector.  Full Story

Online TV & Music

Hulu to shake up Aussie TV market
Disruptive TV streaming service Hulu is preparing to launch in Australia with sources close to the project flagging it might launch with or without the support of the commercial free-to-air TV networks. Full Story

Will streaming TV online lead to the death of the big media players?
As more and more television moves online thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, Jemima Kiss examines the options available to traditional media – which some say faces a bleak future.  Full Story


China approaches 900 million mobile phone users [IDG]
China is on the verge of becoming the first country in the world to have more than 900 million cell phone users, according to government statistics. Full Story

Do Cellphones Cause Brain Cancer?
On Jan. 21, 1993, the television talk-show host Larry King featured an unexpected guest on his program. It was the evening after Inauguration Day in Washington, and the television audience tuned in expecting political commentary. But King turned, instead, to a young man from Florida, David Reynard, who had filed a tort claim against the cellphone manufacturer NEC and the carrier GTE Mobilnet, claiming that radiation from their phones caused or accelerated the growth of a brain tumor in his wife. Full Story

Online Crime, Security & Legal

PlayStation Hackers May Have Stolen Data on 75 Million Users, Sony Says
Sony Corp. warned its 77 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity online service customers that their credit-card data, billing addresses and other personal information may have been stolen by a hacker. Full Story

Tiny Tokelau is the giant of cyber crime havens [AAP]
It has no capital, no airport and only 1400 people who call it home, but the tiny isle of Tokelau has become the cyber crime centre of the world. Full Story

Internet-based attacks on critical systems rise
Internet-based attacks on critical systems such as gas, power and water have increased around the world, a report suggests.  Full Story

Cyber attacks rise at critical infrastructure firms
Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure companies are on the rise, with a jump in extortion attempts and malware designed to sabotage systems, like Stuxnet, according to a new report.  Full Story


Right to sue if online privacy violated: new law recommended
Australians should have their rights to online privacy enshrined in legislation, according to a new Parliamentary report. Offenders would then risk being taken to court and sued for violating the privacy of their victims or collecting too much personal data.  Full Story


Australia makes top 4 of internet freedom list
Australia has scored highly for internet freedom in its first appearance on a Freedom House report into 37 countries, but violation of user rights and lack of access for some users were cited as concerns.  Full Story

Government & Public Policy

Another state decides against shield laws to protect bloggers: the new media faces a fresh legal rebuff
NSW has become the second state to reject the push by the federal Greens to extend journalists' shield laws beyond the news media to amateur bloggers and anyone else who publishes news. Full Story

Government must justify web snooping: senate report
The federal government should justify why mandatory collection and retention of personal data is necessary for law enforcement, a senate report into online privacy has found.  Full Story

Copyright law: Net parodists target Nat MPs
From political grandstanding to internet laughing stock. It was a short step as MPs who lined up to praise the new bill fell prey to online gags. Full Story


Trans-Tasman talks to look at roaming rates
Roaming rates for mobile phones between New Zealand and Australia will be on the agenda in bilateral discussions between the countries. Full Story

Landline Phone Use Plummets Among America's Poor Households
In a financial and technological role reversal, a growing number of Americans are getting rid of their old telephones and using only cellphones, a trend being led not by the high-tech elite but by people in poorer states as a way to save money.  Full Story