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Copyright ownership under “Work for Hire” contracts

Copyright ownership under “Work for Hire” contracts

When businesses engage a service resulting in copyright material, for instance, a graphic designer, computer programmer, copywriter or artist they often fail to secure ownership of the copyright which can result in unexpected outcomes. For example: -          a café...

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Why don’t we just use plain English for wills?

Why don’t we just use plain English for wills?

There are a number of reasons we do not use what would be referred to as “plain English” in our wills. The term plain English generally means a move away from “legalese”, with an emphasis on old-fashioned words combined with a lot of Latin. We regularly review the...

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Can my sperm donor have parental rights?

Can my sperm donor have parental rights?

These days it is not uncommon for single women or same a sex couples to seek assistance to start a family. Whilst some turn to adoption, others use means of artificial insemination via a sperm donor. Some use formal avenues such as Sperm Banks whilst others call on...

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Choosing a Trade Mark

Choosing a Trade Mark

When choosing a business name, product name or logo for registration as a trade mark you should be mindful of a number of requirements under the Trade Mark Act 1995 as not all marks can be registered or registered easily. These requirements include: Distinctive...

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3 Key Benefits of Registering a Trade Mark

3 Key Benefits of Registering a Trade Mark

A trade mark is a sign used to distinguish goods or services provided in the course of trade – for instance a business or product name, slogan or logo. In Australia, you can register a trade mark with IP Australia. Here are three key benefits for registering your...

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Be Wary of ‘Will Kit’ Wills

Be Wary of ‘Will Kit’ Wills

From time to time, we are told that clients have, or are considering, creating a ‘Will Kit’ Will. Whilst ‘Will Kit’ Wills may be appealing as they are inexpensive for the Testator (the person making the Will), there is a very real risk that a much greater expense will...

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