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...]
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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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...]
It'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...]
Epic power battles are not isolated to the world of George R Martin.In a bitter rivalry comparable to the conflict between Houses 'Lannister' and 'Stark' of popular TV series, Game Of Thrones, Nestle and Cadbury have been engaged in a legal conflict spanning almost as long as A Song Of Ice And Fire. It started in 2004 when Nestle contested an application … [Read more...]
Lawyers tend to get a bad wrap.From perceived profiteering from the misfortune of others to exorbitant fees and long delays in litigation, many young Australians would prefer a meaningful exchange with a sledgehammer and their face over a conversation with a legal professional.But while lawyers have long-endured all manner of jokes and deeply-entrenched … [Read more...]
Gen Y are not known for subtlety.Add to this the ease of communication and relative anonymity afforded by the internet, and you are left with an entire generation lulled into complacency about what information we share. Ideas, opinions and impressions about colleagues, friends, politicians or public figures are all readily published online with little regard to the possible … [Read more...]