October 9th, 2017

Editors’ Note:

Communications and media lawyers have sure been busy this last quarter. The Senate passed the Federal Government's Bill which will change media ownership laws in Australia. Rebel Wilson received the biggest award of damages in Australian defamation history. CBS is looking likely to take over the Ten Network. The Government responded to the Productivity Commission's recommendations regarding IP laws. John Ibrahim has commenced defamation proceedings against The Daily Mail. And the ACCC is investigating internet companies' advertised broadband speeds. When you get a chance to catch your breath, there is - scientifically speaking - no better way to enjoy the October sunshine than sitting down with the latest edition of Communications Law Bulletin.

This edition is the second volume of our Defamation and Free Speech special. We have a case note from HWL Ebsworth's Rebecca Lindhout on the Rebel Wilson trial, followed by a comment by two leading media law academics from Sydney University, David Rolph and Michael Douglas. We also have two brilliant lengthy pieces - one from News' Larina Mullins and the other from Banki Haddock Fiora's Phil Beattie. Larina tackles the multiple publication rule, and Phil gives us a comprehensive analysis of the contextual truth defence. Larina also gets a shout-out in this edition's interview with her colleague, News' Michael Cameron, about free speech and defamation following Michael recently being awarded the Press Freedom Medal. HWL Ebsworth’s Andrew Miers provides practical advice regarding defamation insurance. CAMLA Young Lawyer representative, Tom Griffin, profiles new Allens partner, Valeska Bloch (most famous for her role as a previous editor of this illustrious publication), and we report on two recent CAMLA events, the CAMLA Young Lawyers' seminar on defamation and the CAMLA event on electronic marketing. We advertise two upcoming events - a seminar with ACCC Chairman Rod Sims, and the annual Young Lawyers speed mentoring event - further details inside.

And, yes, we have the photos from the industry's night of nights, the CAMLA Cup.

Enjoy! - Victoria & Eli

September 28th, 2017

Whether its petrol prices, energy affordability, infrastructure access or banking, the ACCC has much to focus on. Media policy is no exception. Join ACCC Chairman Rod Sims as he addresses the legal and policy issues relating to communications and the media, including the NBN rollout, convergence and what the new media laws mean.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Level 17, 8 Chifley, 8-12 Chifley Square (Corner Elizabeth & Hunter Streets), SYDNEY

6:00pm for 6:15pm start

Drinks and canapés at 7:00pm
Please register by Tuesday 24th October
please contact camla@tpg.com.au

September 27th, 2017

Book now for speed mentoring!

This popular event sells out every year so get in quick.

It's a great opportunity for young lawyers to meet leading lawyers from the media and communications industry. Thursday 26 October 2017

5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.
Baker McKenzie, Level 27, 50 Bridge Street, Sydney.

$25 (incl GST) non members
$20 (incl GST) CAMLA members

Book under seminars.

September 13th, 2017

2017 ANZSLA Conference - Are you match ready? Key developments and emerging issues in sports law

Don’t miss this year’s Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA) Annual Conference to be held at the Shangri La Hotel, Sydney from 18 to 20 October.

To view the full conference & social programmes and for registration, please go to the ANZSLA website:


September 13th, 2017

"The Australian Copyright Council, along with the Copyright Society of Australia, are delighted to announce the 18th Biennial Copyright Law and Practice Symposium will be held at Lendlease Darling Quarter Theatre on October 12 & 13, 2017.
Leading speakers from industry, members of the judiciary, legal practitioners, policy-makers, and academics will be engaging with new and pressing challenges in the copyright space

This year’s event offers an unmissable opportunity to hear some enriching insights and connect with a variety of industry professionals

New speakers include:

- Patricia Karvelas, Presenter, ABC Radio National
- The Hon Justice Andrew Greenwood, Federal Court of Australia
- Raani Costelloe, Legal Director, Yahoo7
- Robert Leslie Malezer, Chairperson, Foundation for Aboriginal and Islander Research Action (FAIRA)
- Leonie Holloway, Chief Economist, Bureau of Communications & Arts Research
- Professor Henry Ergas AO, Freelance Columnist, The Australian

Topics such as -
• The (Im)possibility of reconciling Indigenous and Western ‘Intellectual Property’ laws
• The transformative doctrine of fair use
• Copyright enforcement: The new frontier
• Politics, Policy and Copyright"

See link for full program and registration details:



September 1st, 2017

A big, big thanks to our CAMLA Cup sponsors!







Banki Haddock Fiora

Bird & Bird

Clayton Utz

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Free TV

Gilbert + Tobin

Gillian Clyde

Holding Redlich





Norton Rose Fulbright



Webb Henderson

August 16th, 2017

The International Institute of Communications (IIC) annual conference will be held on 11-12 October in Brussels. 

"This year we will be in Brussels, the heart of the European Union. This is a particularly important time of change globally, but particularly in the European Union with a thrust towards a digital single market and developments within the structure of the Union as a whole.  Our mandate to facilitate free thinking in the digital market place starts right here and we look forward to stimulating discussions at a global level."

Register here: http://www.iicom.org/events/annual-conference/item/annual-conference-2017

August 3rd, 2017




August 2nd, 2017

Message from the Arts Law Centre of Australia:

Laugh Your Arts Off - Friday 11th August

"Laugh Your Arts Off is back bigger and better in 2017, featuring a variety of comedy acts who will take the stage to dazzle you with their wit, charm and funnies!

Join us in a night of rambunctious laughs, and support Arts Law while you’re at it! All ticket proceeds go to Arts Law so they can continue supporting the Australian creative community.
Bring your mates, dates, partners and co-workers down to the Giant Dwarf for some comedy gold.

• Early Bird tickets $25 (July)
• Doors at 7pm for an 8pm start
• Purchase tickets via the Giant Dwarf:

Hearts for Arts Law is the fundraising committee for the Arts Law Centre. Arts Law is an independent national community legal centre that services the arts community in Australia. It provides free or low cost specialised legal advice, education and resources to Australian artists and arts organisations across all art forms.

Giant Dwarf is a licensed venue. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian."

August 2nd, 2017

Ashurst have kindly made a video available of the International electronic marketing: enforcement and consent seminar:


In an interconnected world, many companies need to think globally when they design their electronic marketing and underpinning consent systems. This seminar was a rare opportunity to hear directly from two key regulators about the pivotal issues of enforcement and consent.


Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, and Jeremy Fenton, Executive Manager for the Unsolicited Communications Branch of the ACMA provided insights about their respective regimes.
Andreas Mauroschat from Ashurst's German privacy practice provided brief EU insights.