Category Archives: Legal Back

Changes to copyright in Australia will make it tougher for tech start-ups

The Australian government quietly introduced the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 to the Senate on Wednesday. If enacted, the bill will extend the scope of Australia’s copyright safe harbours – very slightly. Safe harbours protect internet hosts and platform providers from monetary liability for copyright-infringing content posted or shared by their users. For example, if you … Read more

CLEANING COMPANY HIT WITH RECORD $500K IN PENALTIES FOR EXPLOITING OVERSEAS WORKERS

The “deliberate”, “repeated” and “systemic” exploitation of three overseas workers has resulted in a West Australian cleaning company, including its husband and wife operators, being hit with nearly $511,000 in penalties for Fair Work breaches.    Catherine Paino-Povey, Mark Povey and their company– Commercial and Residential Cleaning Group Pty Ltd – were fined $77,400, $72,240 … Read more

ACCC HAS IMPROVED ‘TENS OF THOUSANDS’ OF CONTRACTS FOR SMES SINCE NOVEMBER 2016

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) says its only at the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in terms of its efforts to ensure small businesses are not subject to unfair contract terms. Since 12 November last year, when unfair contract terms laws were extended to small business contracts, the ACCC has taken successful court action against a … Read more

A former Sydney tech startup CFO has been charged with taking $6.25 million

John Falconer, a former director and chief financial officer of software startup TZ Limited, has been extradited from Thailand to face dishonesty charges in Sydney’s Central Local Court. The charges follow an investigation by corporate regulator ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) which alleges $6.25 million of TZ Limited’s funds were transferred to entities associated … Read more