Do companies require a cybersecurity risk management plan, under Australian law?

Recent case of ASIC v RI Advice Group Pty Ltd serves as a warning that companies which do not have adequate cybersecurity risk management plans, systems and controls in place are at risk of contravention of the Corporations Law and the Privacy Act which can result in substantial pecuniary penalties. Practical steps can be taken by companies and their directors to reduce these risks.

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AI created Inventions or Works – Are they protected by Australian IP laws?

In this article Stephens Lawyers & Consultants considers how the increasing use of AI technology or systems in the inventive or creative process to generate inventions and literary, artistic, musical and dramatic works is challenging Australia’s existing IP laws, and offers policy and practical considerations for Intellectual property protection of AI or computer generated works.

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Distribution and IP Licence Agreements: Are they subject to the Australian Franchising Code of Conduct? – Stephens Lawyers & Consultants Legal Update: April 2022

Knowing if an agreement is a ‘franchise agreement’ for the purpose of the Australian Franchising Code of Conduct matters. A business can be exposed to significant penalties where incorrect assumptions have been made as to whether existing or proposed agreements and arrangements with licensees, distributors and other dealers are franchise agreements for the purpose of the Franchising Code.

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Damages for Online Defamation – Recent Cases [July 2019 to Feb 2022] – Updated March 2022

Courts continue to award large sums for online defamation. High Court rules that companies, organisations or individuals who create and administer public Facebook pages or pages on other networking platforms, which encourage or facilitate the posting of comments or content by third party users, will be liable as publishers for third party defamatory content or comments that have been posted on their page…

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