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Political Deepfakes - Part 2

Political Deepfakes - Part 2

Although digital manipulation of images and video has been around for some time, the combination of software that improves the realism of the fake and the speed at which fakes can be generated and disseminated to targeted audiences has made headlines in the political sphere over the last year or so. The manipulation of video images using artificial intelligence has been called ‘deepfake’, a portmanteau of ‘deep learning’ and ‘fake’.

Political Deepfakes – Part 1

Political Deepfakes – Part 1

Although digital manipulation of images and video has been around for some time, the combination of software that improves the realism of the fake and the speed at which fakes can be generated and disseminated to targeted audiences has made headlines in the political sphere over the last year or so.  The manipulation of video images using artificial intelligence has been called ‘deepfake’, a portmanteau of ‘deep learning’ and ‘fake’.

Buying cloud software – the end-to-end issue

Buying cloud software – the end-to-end issue

Most new software for organisations these days is a ‘cloud service’.  While previously you bought a CD ROM that you popped in your computer and ran the program on that local computer, cloud software means that the program is running on a server somewhere else in the world and delivered to you via the Internet. 

Best practice procurement - getting specifications right

Best practice procurement - getting specifications right

At any stage of the procurement lifecycle – from tender writing to final negotiations – accurately and completely describing what you are buying is critical…and rarely straightforward.  Here are some of our thoughts on getting this right.

Best practice procurement: Managing probity risks

Best practice procurement: Managing probity risks

A “lack of probity” is often raised in a procurement context as part of a complaint that there is an element of perceived unfairness.  It is an easy allegation to make, and one that is often made easier when organisations do not take the time to understand probity and embed it into their procurement practices. 

Is your business name really protected?

Is your business name really protected?

One of our clients recently rebranded her business, and in the process changed its name. Her accountant had diligently registered a new business name for her. Unknowingly, she’d chosen a name similar to a competitor’s name – but it was different enough for ASIC to allow both registrations. Inevitably, the competitor threatened legal action.

Intellectual Property in Distribution Agreements

Intellectual Property in Distribution Agreements

“There’s no need for a distribution agreement – with payment up front, what could go wrong?”

“Distribution agreements are straight forward. Cover off on transfer of title and the ordering process and you’re set – right?”

The pitfalls of Self-Filing a Trade Mark

The pitfalls of Self-Filing a Trade Mark

We increasingly come across individuals or businesses that are self-filing trade marks and managing their own portfolios. Their reasoning – why pay a lawyer to do it, when I can do it cheaper? Well, here are a few reasons that might make you reconsider self-filing a trade mark.  

Unauthorised use of one photo cost $24,000

Unauthorised use of one photo cost $24,000

Have you ever copied a photograph from the internet without seeking permission from the owner? An American photographer has recently pursued a travel agent operating in Melbourne for the unauthorised use of a picture of Hawaii. 

Dealing with Twitter Spam

Dealing with Twitter Spam

If you are a regular user of Twitter, you may randomly discover one day that your Twitter account has been hacked. This involves unusual and often short tweets being sent directly to your followers, using their @ Twitter handle and including a question designed to drive followers to the accompanying link. Fear not -such spam is usually harmless and the issue is easily rectifiable.

5 Tips from an IP lawyer to protect your start-up business

5 Tips from an IP lawyer to protect your start-up business

‘Entrepreneur’ is no longer a dirty word. Once considered a term self-claimed by unemployed middle aged men, [1] entrepreneurism has hit the limelight. With increased accessibility to cost effective business models, passionate individuals are now pursuing their start-up ventures at a rate not seen before.

But one thing hasn’t (and won’t) change. Start-ups are cash-strapped and often look to cut corners. Some legal corners, however, can be costly or devastating to the development of a start-up. Here are our top 5 lessons you don’t want to learn the hard way.