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Copyright Update – Dallas Buyer’s Club Proceedings Discontinued

DBC LLC, the company that owns the rights to the 2013 movie Dallas Buyer’s Club, has abandoned its case against Australians that illegally downloaded the movie. DBC was originally seeking that internet service providers such as iinet, the key defendant in the case, provide them with the personal details of over 4,000 customers who had […]

Just How Important Are Dispute Resolution Clauses?

The recent Queensland Supreme Court decision in Santos Limited v Fluor Australia Pty Ltd[2016] QSC 129 demonstrates how parties to a commercial agreement have an obligation to follow dispute resolutions clauses, no matter how futile they may first seem. The Facts Santos Limited (Santos) and Fluor Australia Pty Ltd (Fluor) entered into a project which […]

ASIC Uncovers ‘Misleading And Deceptive’ IPOs

  On 14 July 2016, ASIC released its report into due diligence practices in initial public offerings (IPOs). The report has exposed a number of key problems, particularly in the prospectuses of some small and mid-size issuers of IPOs, and provides guidance on good due diligence practices for those planning to raise capital in the […]

Want American Netflix? The Government Is On Your Side.

‘Watch Game of Thrones Free – We’re sorry, this video is not available in your region.’ Geoblocking, a technological process frequently used by foreign online streaming services such as US Netflix or HBO to prevent people overseas from accessing their content. Whilst there are a number of ways to get around geoblocks, such as using […]

Employee Equity Schemes

Employee equity schemes are a fantastic way to align employees’ interests with the financial performance of a business and incentivise high performance levels. Employee share schemes come in a variety of forms including employee share schemes (ESS) which allow employees to purchase shares, or employee share option plans (ESOP), which involve employees being given the […]

Top 6 Mistakes Made By Start Ups

Starting up a new business can be difficult. There are lots of traps for new comers. We have compiled a list of the most common mistakes we see being made by start-up businesses. 1. Business plan You should not start your business until you have a written business plan which includes detailed cash flow forecasts. […]