Category Archives: Copyright

Apple Computer Inc v Microsoft Corporation 35 F.3d 1435 (9th Cir 1994) | 19 September 1994

ON 19 SEPTEMBER 1994, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit delivered Apple Computer Inc. v Microsoft Corporation, 35 F.3d 1435 (9th Cir 1994).

It was held that Microsoft’s Windows and Hewlett Packard’s New Wave graphic user interfaces (GUI) did not violate Apple’s copyright to the Apple Macintosh GUI.

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Victoria Park Racing & Recreation Grounds Co Ltd v Taylor [1937] HCA 45 | 26 August 1937

ON 26 AUGUST 1937, the High Court of Australia delivered Victoria Park Racing & Recreation Grounds Co Ltd v Taylor [1937] HCA 45; (1937) 58 CLR 479 (26 August 1937).

There is no general right of privacy at common law.

There is no property in a spectacle.

Copyright does not provide an exclusive right to state or to describe particular facts.

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University of NSW v Moorhouse [1975] HCA 26 | 1 August 1975

ON 1 AUGUST 1975, the High Court of Australia delivered University of NSW v Moorhouse [1975] HCA 26; (1975) 133 CLR 1 (1 August 1975).

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/1975/26.html

The University of NSW was declared to have authorized an infringement of the plaintiff’s copyright by providing coin operated photocopy machines without taking proper measures to prevent an infringement.

Subsequent to this decision, the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) was amended to the effect that libraries are not to be taken as authorizing copyright infringement if a notice setting out the relevant provisions of the Act is displayed near the photocopy machine.

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Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v iiNet Limited

ON THIS DAY in 2012, the High Court of Australia delivered Roadshow Films Pty Ltd v iiNet Limited [2012] HCA 16 (20 April 2012).

The court held that iiNet had not authorised its customers to infringe the copyright of Roadshow and a number of other film and television companies.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/2012/16.html

 

Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012

ON THIS DAY in 2012, the Commonwealth Parliament passed the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Raising the Bar) Act 2012. Most of the Act commenced on 15 April 2013.

The Act reforms Australian intellectual property law. It amends the Patent Act 1990, Copyright Act 1968, Trade Marks Act 1995, Designs Act 2003 and Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994.

The bar has indeed been raised for patent entitlement whilst patent protection has been strengthened. The Act also introduces a raft of procedural and jurisdictional reforms.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/num_act/iplatba2012517/

http://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/

Apple Computer Inc v Microsoft Corporation 35 F 3d 1435 (9th Cir 1994)

ON 19 SEPTEMBER 1994, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit delivered Apple Computer Inc v Microsoft Corporation, 35 F.3d 1435 (9th Cir 1994).

It was held that Microsoft’s Windows and Hewlett Packard’s New Wave graphic user interfaces (GUI) did not violate Apple’s copyright to the Apple Macintosh GUI.

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Commonwealth v John Fairfax & Sons Ltd (“Defence Papers case”) [1980] HCA 44

Commonwealth v John Fairfax & Sons Ltd (“Defence Papers case”) [1980] HCA 44; (1980) 147 CLR 39 (1 December 1980).

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/1980/44.html

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/poteoa1997455

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University of NSW v Moorhouse [1975] HCA 26; (1975) 133 CLR 1 ( 1 August 1975)

ON 1 AUGUST 1975, the High Court of Australia delivered University of NSW v Moorhouse [1975] HCA 26; (1975) 133 CLR 1 (1 August 1975).

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/1975/26.html

The University of NSW was declared to have authorized an infringement of the plaintiff’s copyright by providing coin operated photocopy machines without taking proper measures to prevent an infringement.

Subsequent to this decision, the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) was amended to the effect that libraries are not to be taken as authorizing copyright infringement if a notice setting out of the relevant provisions of the Act is displayed near the photocopy machine.

Victoria Park Racing & Recreation Grounds Co Ltd v Taylor [1937] HCA 45

ON 26 AUGUST 1937, the High Court of Australia delivered Victoria Park Racing & Recreation Grounds Co Ltd v Taylor [1937] HCA 45; (1937) 58 CLR 479 (26 August 1937).

There is no general right of privacy at common law.

There is no property in a spectacle.

Copyright does not provide an exclusive right to state or to describe particular facts.

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Statute of Anne 1710

ON THIS DAY in 1710, the Parliament of Great Britain passed the Statute of Anne 1710.  The Act introduced government regulation of copyright, modernising the law and abolishing private regulation that had operated under the Licensing Act 1662.