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Stratocumulus Legal

We work with businesses to identify, protect, and harness their intellectual property, and to help them avoid the risk of infringing intellectual property belonging to others.

ECU Law Assembly 2022

I was one of the panellists at the ECU Law Assembly in November 2022, on the topic of “Legal, Policy and Ethical Implications of Robotics and Automation”, along with along with The Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLC, The Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, and Dr Martin Allcock.

ChatGPT on copyright

The ChatGPT artificial intelligence system is gaining significant attention for its seeming ability to write human-like prose about quite complex topics. When I asked it about the future of copyright with the advent of AI, it concluded that “it may be necessary to develop new legal frameworks or to adapt existing copyright laws to take into account the role of AI in the creation of copyrighted works”. Quite right!

Legal cyber security expectations shown in new Federal Court case

The legal expectation that businesses will maintain cyber security standards that reasonably protect end clients has been shown in a new Federal Court case. All Australian businesses should take heed of this decision and review their cyber security protections and procedures – to protect their clients’ and stakeholders’ intellectual property and confidential information.

Orphan Works – proposed limited liability scheme

Government proposes a new scheme to limit liability for use of “orphan works” – copyright materials with unidentifiable or uncontactable owner(s). If the reform becomes law, use of this type of material would not attract any liability until such time as its copyright owner becomes known or contactable again.

Intellectual Property is Valuable

Nearly all businesses both own their own intellectual property, and use intellectual property belonging to third parties. Are you in control of yours? Are you at risk of liability for misusing someone else's?