In the same way that intellectual property lies at the heart of our practice, copyright law and its commercialisation, protection and enforcement is its lifeblood. It is our leading practice area.
Our lawyers have extensive experience advising on, and litigating in relation to, issues including:
- Ownership and acquisition
- Commercial exploitation, including licensing and royalty arrangements
- Protection and enforcement
- Parallel importation
- Customs notices
- Collecting societies
Our clients include major international and Australian corporations (including publishers, music companies, film and TV studios and designers), creative individuals, government agencies, industry associations, museums and galleries, and philanthropic arts foundations.
We are frequently referred specialist work by other leading law firms, including by our competitors.
Representative cases include acting for the owners of “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree” in their copyright infringement action against EMI Music, advising IceTV in its defence against an infringement action by Channel Nine, and defending Colossal Records against an infringement action by Schott Musik (the Carmina Burana techno music case).