Hey you, with the fixed network – not so superfast!

By Mick Coleman, Partner An extension to the Superfast Broadband rules beyond 1 January 2017 will impose further obligations on the (very few) superfast fixed networks competing with NBN Co.  But the real competitive threat will come from less-regulated fixed wireless operators that bypass fixed networks altogether.    In December 2014, Malcolm Turnbull (as Minister for
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The Telstra – ACCC regulatory game – the longest running show in town, back for a new season

By Mick Coleman, Partner NBN Co’s purpose in life, since it was a twinkle in Minister Conroy’s eye in 2007, was always the (re)nationalisation of the last, greatest monopoly in Australian telecommunications. Telstra shareholders bought from the government a bunch of nationally significant infrastructure assets.  But in a free market, things change, and most of
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Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – Proposed to be introduced in 2015

By Mick Coleman This paper discusses the severity of data breaches and the movement to make reporting these breaches mandatory in Australia. This paper outlines the background of the movement, how data breaches happen, the current Australian position, a discussion on the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) Report, the United States’ position
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Modern Media’s Legal Impact on the Public Service

Paul Armarego, Special Counsel in our Government & Administrative law, Commercial and Property team, has recently given a presentation on the impact that new technologies and social media are having on the workplace. To view the slides from this presentation, please click here. Contact Mills Oakley For more information, please contact: Paul Armarego | Special
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Copyright Cat-Burglary

By Scott Coulthart It seems that even pets can engage in breaches of copyright. Recently, as reported in this news article, EMI claimed copyright breach by the owner of a YouTube account when a one-hour long video of the owner’s cat purring was uploaded. YouTube uses an automated copyright checking system which tries to match
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Clearing the Clouds

Special Counsel in our Brisbane office, Scott Coulthart, in his role as a member of the Qld Law Society’s Technology and Intellectual Property Subcommittee (TIPS), is spearheading the development by TIPS of proposed guidelines for the legal profession in Queensland for the use of cloud in their legal practice. Many firms, including ours, have used
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More ACCC action against ‘deal of the day’ group buying websites

By Martin Williams Spreets Pty Limited is the latest online business to be pursued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in relation to its ‘daily deals’ website. The ACCC has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Spreets claiming that it made false or misleading representations in connection with the price and hidden
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Extending Unfair Contract Term Protections to Small Businesses

The Australian Government has stated its intent to protect small businesses by extending the current unfair contract provisions to apply to small businesses that enter into contracts in the commercial environment. Currently, protection from unfair contracts under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (the Act) is only available to ‘consumers’ who enter into standard
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