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Media

MinterEllison's reputation in media law is recognised globally. We work with international media companies as well as Australia's largest and most influential publishers.

Our expertise across a full range of issues includes: Australian Communications and Media Authority matters, including broadcasting and online content regulations and cross-media ownership; defamation and all content issues (we offer pre-publication advice 24/7, responding to legal complaints against media clients and defence of Writs for defamation); copyright and licensing; on-line content – regulation, liability and risk management; employment related issues; freedom of information; privacy and breach of confidence; media-related M&A and corporate transactions; and media reporting restrictions.

We understand the issues facing the media industry and we apply this knowledge to give our clients proactive commercial advice that adds value and helps them to meet their business needs.

7 November 2013

Rapid innovation and convergence in the TMT space in Australia, together with an ever-changing legal and regulatory environment, means that TMT organisations must constantly re-evaluate, and in some cases entirely re-engineer, their business models and strategies. This chapter, contributed by partners Anthony Lloyd, Paul Kallenbach and Paul Schoff, discusses the different laws and regulations that impact the TMT space in Australia.

9 August 2013

How companies should use social media continues to be a vexed issue for management and boards. Organisations can face serious reputational repercussions if they fail to properly manage online dialogue with customers and other stakeholders, and they may also attract legal liability. In our view, a tailored approach taking into account legal and non-legal areas of risk, the social media landscape in which the company operates, and available resources is a sensible strategy.

14 March 2013

This week the Australian Government released its hotly anticipated package of reforms in response to the Convergence Review and the Independent Inquiry into the Media and Media Regulation ('the Finklestein Inquiry').  The proposed changes will 'bolt on' additional regulation to the already complex media landscape and principally affect traditional news organisations.

17 October 2011

On 12 October 2011 the Hon. Robert McClelland MP, Commonwealth Attorney General, launched a public consultation paper proposing amendments to Part V Division 2AA of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth)to extend the application of the safe harbour scheme to entities providing network access and online services.

11 July 2011

The Federal Government is developing a new media and communications policy framework in Australia, in response to changes in the way consumers use and access television, radio, the internet and telecommunications services. Its newly appointed Convergence Review Committee recently released an Emerging Issues paper, and it plans to conduct public hearings and prepare detailed discussion papers.