We all know that word of mouth is the most powerful form of marketing. Blogging is just that – only on a faster, international and more permanent scale. As a blog can be viewed in many jurisdictions throughout the world, conduct in relation to a blog could cause different legal headaches in Australia as well as in other countries. This article considers only some of the legal implications of blogging under the Australian law.
Many clients mistakenly believe that simply because they commissioned the creation of a work, they own the copyright in the work. Issues arise when these unsuspecting clients, believing they own the copyright in the work, use, transfer or assign the copyright material to a third party without undertaking the necessary steps to ensure that the copyright in the work has been licensed or assigned to them.
Strategies to improve your productivity, sales & profitability as well as minimise legal and commercial risks in your business include:
Introduce template agreements in order to streamline your processes, improve communication & minimise mistakes
Protect your intellectual property in order to increase the value of your business & protect your reputation in the market
Ensure your business structure is set up properly to protect you legally, minimise tax and to allow for growth
Consider incentives, equity and other programs to retain your valuable staff and motivate performance
Ensure your advertising & marketing programs are designed to maximise sales with minimum legal risk
See our legal checklist for more ideas to take your business to the next level!
If you need assistance with any of the legal strategies above, please let us know.
Current as at December 2010.
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In recent court action against Darrell Lea, the Federal Court has rejected Cadbury’s claim that it has an exclusive right to use the colour purple in connection with chocolate. In doing so, the Court noted that, while important, colour is not the only component that creates brand recognition.
The Defamation Act 2005 (NSW) that came into effect on the 1st of January this year, is part of a national framework of legislation that aims to simplify, limit, and codify defamation law throughout Australia, and promote broader freedom of speech.