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Move over right to be forgotten: Google is in for a new battle

11:26PM | Tuesday, 25 November 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Forget the ‘right to be forgotten’ rule – there’s a new legal case that is set to give Google nightmares.

Digital death and the digital afterlife: How to have one and how to avoid it

10:01PM | Monday, 20 October 2014 | David Glance

In 2012, there were reports Bruce Willis was suing Apple because he was not legally allowed to bequeath his iTunes music collection to his kids. The story was false, but it raised important questions about digital possessions.

Is anything ‘private’ anymore? How social media and tech companies sniff out your data

10:41PM | Thursday, 16 October 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Here are a few of the ways the big social media and tech companies are accessing your data and using it for profit.

Former employee sues AussieCommerce for $5 million over Deals.com.au sale

10:50PM | Monday, 13 October 2014 | Cara Waters

A former employee of AussieCommerce has launched proceedings in the Supreme Court against the online retailer.

ATO guidance on GST treatment of bitcoin at the top of agenda as Senate inquiry is officially announced

10:22PM | Thursday, 2 October 2014 | Kye White

A Senate committee inquiry into bitcoin must examine the ATO’s guidance requiring Australian bitcoin exchanges to charge GST on the value of the bitcoins they supply, industry figures say.

Is LinkedIn using your personal image and email contacts?

10:40PM | Thursday, 2 October 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

If you are a LinkedIn member and have signed up with a profile, then the answer is likely yes! LinkedIn is using your details and may be using your image for its marketing campaigns.

The right to post negative reviews is legally protected

9:42PM | Thursday, 18 September 2014 | Vanessa Emilio

Businesses have been sneaking clauses into their customer terms that allow them to keep deposits or ‘fine’ customers for negative reviews. But is this legal?

Startups impatient for change as government inches closer to employee share scheme reform

9:11PM | Tuesday, 16 September 2014 | Kirsten Robb

Startups say reform of the employee share scheme can’t come soon enough, as the federal government makes progress on its plans to overhaul the scheme.

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.

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