KISS frontman and lead singer, Gene Simmons, has reportedly filed an application with the US Trademark and Patent Office to trademark the infamous "devil horns" rock hand gesture.The application, along with a handy diagram, was filed last Friday, 9 June 2017.Simmons claims to be the first to use the gesture commercially on Nov. 14, 1974, during the KISS Hotter Than … [Read more...]
We coined the term "PopLaw" in 2015 to describe an emerging area of legal practice that focuses on the intersection between the law and popular culture. It refers to the legal implications of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, and other phenomena of mainstream Australian culture as reflected in news, popular music, television and other sources of entertainment. Our definition has now been included in the LexisNexis Online Australian Legal Dictionary 2nd Edition.
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lender Man is a horror monster. He stalks, he kills, he kidnaps children and drives people insane.In 2014, two 12-year-old girls were arrested in connection with a violent premeditated attack on a classmate. The victim had been stabbed 19 times with the knife, missing a major artery in her heart by a millimetre. When interviewed by detectives, both girls claimed that they … [Read more...]
ourt can be a sombre affair.But not today.Video of some of New Zealand's top legal minds getting on with business as Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' blares around an increasingly awkward courtroom has clocked over 94,000 views on Youtube this week alone.The magic moment was captured on film during initial proceedings in New Zealand's high court in Wellington.The 2002 … [Read more...]
he excitement and adrenalin from your latest gig has finally started to wear off. You wait patiently for your money to be deposited ... and wait ... and wait ... and keep waiting. A few months pass and, in spite of a number of emails chasing your agent who is not responding, you still have not seen any improvements in your bank balance. Now you're starting to feel a bit stressy … [Read more...]
always look forward to a Friday night of live music especially when it involves listening to covers of my favourite songs, like The Kooks' 'Naïve' or Bon Iver's 'Skinny Love' at a local café.What didn't cross my mind, until recently, is how performing a cover of another musician's song may actually be against the law. Copyright Protection Of Songs Copyright law exists to … [Read more...]
In the latest music industry lawsuit to hit headlines, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson are being sued for copyright infringement by 80s electro-funk band Collage, according to TMZ.Collage claims that the hit track "Uptown Funk" released by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson in 2014 is a thinly veiled replica of Collage's 1983 hit “Young Girls” and that the duo reproduced the song's … [Read more...]
We are lucky to live in a country where copyright protection is automatically afforded to creative works, a saving grace that makes Australia's copyright law imperfections almost palatable.For musicians, the stakes can be high when it comes to copyright infringement. Contrary to what many Australians may think, there is no such thing as the innocent use of a song, nor is … [Read more...]
or centuries, Santa Claus has symbolised the fun and merriment of Christmas.He wears a jolly suit. He rides a jolly sleigh. He and his reindeer visit every child, around the world, on the eve of Christmas day.Once a year this benevolent fellow also enters your home, drinks your milk, eats your biscuits and deposits presents under your tree ... all while you slumber … [Read more...]
#NurseryCrimes: A criminally fresh perspective on fairytales, nursery rhymes, villains, heroes and literary monsters. Once upon a late night, I read Bram Stoker's Dracula. In the book, mysterious puncture marks had begun appearing on the necks of townswomen and several characters had become unwitting hosts to winged creatures who tapped at their windows at … [Read more...]
t's tough being a lone sheriff in town.Rick Grimes from popular TV series, The Walking Dead, can attest.When it comes to the total dissolution of society in a hypothetical zombie apocalypse, the complete breakdown of law and order is inevitable.Characters must often resort to extreme measures to survive. Behaviour that once struck at the common morality, by causing … [Read more...]