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Commonwealth government's site-blocking bill infringes rule of law

MEDIA RELEASE | Simon Breheny

"The government's proposed copyright legislation will impose an internet filter and breach the rule of law," says Simon Breheny, director of the Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Commonwealth...

Counterfeit conclusions: Why Australia should adopt the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

Counterfeit conclusions: Why Australia should adopt the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Plain packaging FOI documents

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

Plain packaging FOI request from IP Australia.

Governing in ignorance: Australian governments legislating, without understanding, intellectual property

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

Monday, 26th of April 2010 is World Intellectual Property Day. Intellectual property is one of the most poorly understood areas of public policy, but also one of the most important to understand in a knowledge economy. Yet legislators regularly...

Plain packaging may require up to $3.4 billion taxpayer gift annually to big tobacco and film companies

MEDIA RELEASE

"Bad anti-intellectual property laws by State and Federal Parliaments could require taxpayers to gift up to $3.4 billion per year in compensation to film companies and big tobacco for the loss of their trademarks", Director of the IP and Free...

Government Decision Ensures Book Readers Will Pay up to 32 Per Cent More

MEDIA RELEASE

"Today's decision by the Rudd Government to keep parallel import restrictions on books will ensure consumers pay up to 32 per cent more than if they were scrapped," said Tim Wilson, Director of the Intellectual Property and Free Trade Unit at the...

Unbinding Book Barriers: Why Australia should scrap parallel import restrictions on books

IPA BACKGROUNDER | Tim Wilson

The Productivity Commission is considering whether to liberalise Australia's parallel import restrictions for books. Unbinding Book Barriers finds that prices of books could fall by more than 30 per cent, without harming authors, Australian...

Intellectual Property and the Australian economy

OCCASIONAL PAPER | Tim Wilson

Undermining Mitigation Technology: Compulsory licensing, patents and tariffs

IPA BACKGROUNDER | Tim Wilson

The incentives to develop the technologies to reduce global CO2 emissions are being undermined. Internationally, a campaign is being run to undermine the intellectual property that incentivises research and development on CO2 mitigation...

Climate talks should focus on removing low-carbon tech tariffs, not patents

MEDIA RELEASE

"UN Climate Change Talks commencing in Accra, Ghana tomorrow should focus on removing tariff and non-tariff barriers on low-carbon technologies, not patents", Tim Wilson, Director of the Intellectual Property (IP) and Free Trade Unit at the...

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