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This Sporting Life: Copyright Law and Consumer Rights
Peppercorn (2012)
  • Matthew Rimmer, Australian National University College of Law
When too much sport is not enough
H.G. Nelson and Roy Slaven
Sport occupies an anomalous position under Australian copyright law. A footballer like Gary Ablett Junior is not an author under copyright law. A sporting spectacle like the AFL Grand Final or the State of Origin is not a dramatic work. Sporting events are protected somewhat peripherally as television broadcasts under Australian copyright law. Nonetheless, sports organizations have engaged in special pleading in respect of intellectual property law. This has been particularly evident in the litigation between Optus, the National Rugby League, and the Australian Football League.
  • Copyright Law,
  • Sport,
  • Format-shifting,
  • Time-shifting,
  • Optus,
  • NRL,
  • AFL,
  • Copyright Defences,
  • Piracy
Publication Date
August 1, 2012
Citation Information
Matthew Rimmer. "This Sporting Life: Copyright Law and Consumer Rights" Peppercorn (2012)
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