Did you know there's a legal difference between a company and a business? Before you start-up, here are a few things you should consider.
Does your warranty policy comply with the Australian Consumer Law? Here are the legal and commercial issues you must consider when deciding how, who and when to issue a refund.
Most websites –StartupSmart included – feature a disclaimer of some description. Here’s a look at whether they really provide you with legal protection, and what you need to include in one.
A comedian who created a parody of Starbucks is being sued by the US-based coffee giant for copyright infringement. The case is a major test case for the fair use provisions protecting parodies.
Every creative work has automatic copyright protection. Adding a Creative Commons (CC) licence to your work means you give general rights to the public to use the work in the manner specified, for free.
Australia’s highest court, the High Court of Australia, has recently made a decision that serves as a clear reminder to businesses on the risks associated with misleading advertising and pricing of goods and services.
Many businesses and individuals use ‘guarantee’ and ‘warranty’ interchangeably, thinking they mean the same thing. However, from a legal perspective, the two words have very different meanings.
In the internet world of accelerating change, law reforms are being proposed and passed at breakneck speed. Here are eight big trends you need to watch closely in 2014.
Have you heard the latest about website privacy policies? Especially in light of the Snowden leaks in the US, there are some key issues to be aware of.
Two solar businesses have been ordered by the Federal Court to pay combined penalties of $125,000.
In a perfect world, your business would grow at a steady pace, no one would ever get ill, every employee would be unconditionally loyal to your business and every single person you hire would work out. Reality is a different matter.
The federal government will pick up where the former Labor government left off when it comes to reviewing the franchise sector, with the potential for penalties of up to $50,000 for breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct.
This year will bring new challenges and risks for start-ups. Here are 10 major changes you need to be aware of in 2014.
Laboratory technician Emma McPherson from Lion Dairy and Drinks has been announced as the first recipient of a scholarship for the food safety training program, Advancing Food Safety, run by SAI Global.
Kyle and Jackie O’s recent trademark battle with radio station owner Southern Cross Austereo has raised some critical legal questions about the ownership of social media accounts. Here’s how it impacts your business.
Business is inherently stressful: The greater the risks, rewards, opportunities and costs, the higher the pressure. It's important to contain yourself.
Are you looking to launch a website or online business? Here’s a short checklist of what you need to start thinking about to protect yourself.
If an employee injures themselves at work, you have legal obligations to uphold. From notifying your injury compensation scheme to creating a return to work plan, here are the key steps you need to follow.
The trick to starting up as a soloist is to keep your personal expenses separate from your business ones. Otherwise, things might get a little messy when the taxman visits.
Are you thinking of launching a competition on social media? Before you do, there are a few key legal issues you must be aware of first.