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Google processes more than a million takedowns per day

9:46AM | Tuesday, 2 September 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Google is receiving one million takedown notices per day. Not for ‘right to be forgotten’ but for copyright infringement.

Thinking about running a competition? Here’s what you need to know

8:04PM | Thursday, 28 August 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Have you thought about running a contest or competition to boost sales? Here are the key legal details you need to be aware of.

The winners and losers from the ATO’s bitcoin guidance

8:42PM | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Alan Tsen

The Australian Taxation Office has released its much anticipated guidance on the taxation treatment of bitcoin. Along with the guidance paper they released a slew of draft rulings.

Do I need insurance for my online business?

8:44PM | Thursday, 21 August 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Many startups and small business owners are unsure about whether they need insurance, and if they do, what sort. It’s a good question which comes up quite often.

Australian law firm focused on startups opens New York and London offices

8:31PM | Tuesday, 19 August 2014 | Kye White

Melbourne-based startup lawyers General Standards is opening New York and London offices to support its Australian startup clients’ international expansions.

A Q&A on dealing with internships and unpaid work

8:09PM | Friday, 15 August 2014 | Kirsten Robb

There’s been a lot of talk about internships recently and the potential problems of exploitation employers can run into when they take on free labour.

Starting up: Is partnership really a good idea?

8:34PM | Thursday, 14 August 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

You have agreed with a friend or colleague to start up your business idea. But if you don’t agree upfront how to structure your ‘arrangement’, you can end up in big legal battles.

Battle of the apps: Yo drops copyright infringement complaint against Oi!

8:22PM | Tuesday, 5 August 2014 | Eloise Keating

A copyright battle between two single-word messaging apps appears to be over before it even got started.

Novelty app Yo! accuses Aussie nanosocial API of copyright infringement

8:03PM | Friday, 1 August 2014 | Andrew Sadauskas

Novelty nanosocial app Yo! has allegedly accused Australian-based push notification API Oi! of copyright infringement.

EU push for worldwide ‘right to be forgotten’ laws tests internet freedom

7:48PM | Thursday, 31 July 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

EU regulators are pushing for the EU court ruling on the ‘right to be forgotten’ to be extended worldwide. Here's the legal implications for your startup.

Tracking your digital fingerprint online raises privacy issues

7:21AM | Monday, 28 July 2014 | Robert Merkel

Just how much information we give away about ourselves as we browse the web has been raised again by a tracking device used in thousands of websites.

Could a brainstorming session lead to intellectual property issues?

7:09AM | Monday, 28 July 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

There are a few potential issues associated with this scenario you need to consider.

Your business cannot say ‘No refund!’

7:31PM | Thursday, 24 July 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Did you know it’s against the law to say you will not provide a refund under any circumstances?

Testimonials and reviews: Keep it real

7:53PM | Thursday, 17 July 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

It’s hard to deny the power of online testimonials. However, there are three things you need to know before you start posting fake reviews.

Can you trademark a store design? Apple wins the right in Europe

7:39PM | Monday, 14 July 2014 | Cara Waters

Apple has won the right to trademark its flagship store design in Europe in a landmark ruling.

LOT network: How Google and friends aim to block patent trolls

7:34PM | Monday, 14 July 2014 | Bruce Baer Arnold

Google, Canon and other information technology corporations last week announced they’re banding together in an attempt to fix an allegedly broken patent system and squash the wave of patent trolls and privateers crippling innovation.

ACCC cracks down on Spreets daily deals site for alleged false claims

7:26PM | Tuesday, 1 July 2014 | Eloise Keating

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has initiated Federal Court proceedings against daily deals site Spreets, which it alleges misled consumers in 2011 and 2012.

To backup or not to backup – there really is no question

6:21PM | Thursday, 26 June 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

You’re not backing up your website, emails or documents? Fail.

Myth-busting retailer guarantees: Everything has a consumer guarantee

6:54AM | Thursday, 19 June 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Do you sell products? Did you know you have to honour a minimum guarantee – even if you did not manufacture it?

Search engines and data privacy: What’s happening with all those ‘right to be forgotten’ requests in Europe?

6:31PM | Thursday, 12 June 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

A recent EU ruling has given internet users the right to request the removal of personal listings on Google and other search engines.

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