Dallas Buyers Club Case Concludes: Good News for Aussies

Following the imposition of a $600,000 bond by Justice Nye Perram, Voltage Pictures confirmed this week that they would not be lodging any further applications before a deadline of 11 February 2016.

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Major eligibility changes to Victorian Legal Aid

In one of the most significant changes to Legal Aid in over a decade, Victorian Legal Aid announced on Tuesday that it would drastically loosen its eligibility criteria for applicants. The move is predicted to allow for an extra 700 claimants a year.

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Dallas Buyers Club hits speed bump in fight against Australian Piracy

The Federal Court of Australia ruled this morning that Dallas Buyers Club LLC will need to pay a $600,000 bond before it is given access to the identities of Australians alleged to have pirated the Dallas Buyers Club film.

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“A very dark day for the internet in Australia”

Piracy websites are now closer than ever to being blocked in Australia after the Senate passed controversial website-blocking legislation.

Introduced into parliament by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull in March, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 seeks to reduce online piracy by giving intellectual property rights holders the ability to apply to the Federal Court of Australia to have foreign piracy-related websites blocked. Following its passage through the House of Representatives last week, the bill passed 37 votes to 13 with Coalition and Labor support, with the Australian Greens in opposition.

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Australian food labelling reform may be around the corner

An outbreak of hepatitis A last week in various parts of Australia has boosted calls to tighten food labelling laws. After reports of 13 Australians contracting the infectious disease following the consumption of frozen berries packaged in China, changes that would more clearly identify the origin of food products have been proposed. (more…)