Legal matters



How much will Australia's Dallas Buyers Club pirates have to pay?

4:49PM | Monday, 20 April 2015 | Marc C-Scott

Nearly 5000 Australians are expected to receive letters in the near future asking them some pointed questions about their online downloading habits, specifically relating to the film Dallas Buyers Club.

Disclaimer: I can say what I want!

4:08PM | Tuesday, 14 April 2015 | Vanessa Emilio

Some people believe by posting a ‘disclaimer’, they can then say what they like and are absolved of any legal liability. But is this really the case?

Uber chief hits back at work safety claims: Will letting your employees use UberX find you in hot water?

4:25PM | Monday, 13 April 2015 | Kirsten Robb

Letting your employees catch an UberX ride instead of a taxi home after a work function could breach your duty of care and could potentially open you up to criminal penalties, workplace lawyers Holding Redlich have warned.

From convicts to pirates: Australia's dubious legacy of illegal downloading

4:01PM | Monday, 13 April 2015 | Marc C-Scott

The main reasons Australians give for pirating content are cost and availability. Yet despite the many years of discussion, it still continues.

Can you fire staff for what they post on Facebook?

4:20PM | Thursday, 9 April 2015 | Vanessa Emilio

South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke has been under investigation this week for a homophobic slur he made on social media. Despite it being taken down quickly, the NRL has a legal right to discipline him.

Ellen Pao’s failed discrimination suit ‘shines a light’ on gender inequality

3:42PM | Monday, 30 March 2015 | Broede Carmody

Venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins has won a three year legal battle against a former employee who claimed she was discriminated against because of her gender.

The sexual harassment case that rocked Silicon Valley

3:49PM | Monday, 30 March 2015 | Lucia Osborne-Crowley

A landmark lawsuit in the US has big implications for gender equality in the tech industry.

Aged care legislation opens up opportunity for reviews and comparison website

3:37PM | Thursday, 19 March 2015 | Kye White

Consumer review website Aged Care Reviews has raised $600,000 in funding as it banks on the Australian aged care market continuing to trend towards a user pays system.

Facebook in hot water for privacy

3:34PM | Thursday, 12 March 2015 | Vanessa Emilio

An EU task force comprised of data protection authorities was formed in February 2015 to look into Facebook’s new privacy policy. There is doubt about its legality.

Mobile app in the offing as Aussie online legal services startup raises $1.2 million in latest funding round

3:28PM | Tuesday, 3 March 2015 | Kye White

Online legal services startup LegalVision has raised $1.2 million in angel investment that will be used to expand its tech offering and step up marketing efforts.

Big fine for fine print: ACCC hits iiNet with more than $200,000 in fines

3:42PM | Tuesday, 3 March 2015 | Broede Carmody

Australia’s second-largest DSL internet provider has been hit with more than $200,000 in penalties for recent advertisements that the competition watchdog believes contravened Australian Consumer Law.

Advice or binding direction: What is the difference between an advisory board and a board of directors?

2:16PM | Monday, 23 February 2015 | Ursula Hogben

It is crucial to know the difference between directors and advisory board members, including the risks, duties and liabilities of each role.

ASIC issues stop order to Bitcoin Group over failure to produce a prospectus

2:00PM | Monday, 16 February 2015 | Kye White

ASIC has placed a stop order prohibiting Melbourne startup Bitcoin Group from publishing any statements concerning its intention to make an initial public offering until it lodges a prospectus.

Melbourne woman ‘harassed’ by UberX driver

2:55PM | Monday, 16 February 2015 | Broede Carmody

A 21-year-old Melbourne woman says she will think twice about using UberX after what she describes as a “concerning” experience with the ride-sharing service.

GST For online businesses: What is the Real Cost?

2:27PM | Tuesday, 3 February 2015 | Vanessa Emilio

The fight over online sales and taxes is now growing. Australian retailers face significant competition from online international retailers.

How will data retention laws cope with the Internet of Things?

2:08PM | Tuesday, 3 February 2015 | Philip Branch

One of the many things that is troubling about the current Australian government’s metadata retention proposals is how rooted in the past they are, which could make them obsolete before they even come into force.

When should a startup protect its intellectual property?

1:43PM | Friday, 30 January 2015 | Lachlan McKnight

Everyone knows getting legal issues sorted can be expensive, but if you’re a startup your IP is likely to be your most valuable asset. Working out how, and when, to protect it can be difficult.

EBay hit by million-dollar fraud allegedly engineered by Australian advertising manager

1:07PM | Monday, 19 January 2015 | Eloise Keating

EBay has taken legal action against its former Australian advertising manager and two associates, who it claims were involved in defrauding the online marketplace of millions of dollars in advertising revenue.

Fintech startup Nimble to pull ad amid accusations of misleading consumers

1:47PM | Monday, 12 January 2015 | Kirsten Robb

Payday lender Nimble is reportedly in the process of pulling an ad promoting its loans as a means to pay utility bills.

Will Australia really see tougher drone regulations in 2015?

1:57PM | Tuesday, 6 January 2015 | Broede Carmody

Whether it’s to do with people’s privacy or physical safety, everyone seems to love talking about drones and other remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs).