Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vacuum maker Dyson claims a spy was selling secrets to German rival

High Profile Spam Scalp

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Tiger Airways Holdings Limited—and payment of a $110,000 infringement notice by its subsidiary Tiger Airways Australia Pty Limited—for failing to unsubscribe customers from marketing emails

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Confessions of a university ghost writer

The Age obviously are in the business of selling ads and the more attention grabbing the story, the better, but this series of anecdotal snippets might have some positive influence if raises the profile of this type of cheating and leads to better counter-measures.

Conversely, it might raise awareness of such cheating for students who have not engaged in such misconduct previously and exacerbate the problem. :-(

Some useful suggestions for dealing with ghost writing from Edith Cowan University at

Some research on the area has been conducted, including

Centre for Academic Integrity , 2000)
James, R., McInnis, C., & Devlin, M. (2002). Minimising Plagiarism. In Assessing Learning in Australian Universities. Australia: Centre for the Study of Higher Education.
Franklyn-Stokes, A. & Newstead, S.E. (1995). Undergraduate cheating: who does what and why? Studies in Higher Education, 20(2), 159-172.
Park, C. (2003). In Other (People's) Words: Plagiarism by University Students - Literature and Lessons. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 28(5), 471-488.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Uni cheats buy work in cyberspace

It has long been my personally held view that these practices are widespread.

To the extent that this exists, careful consideration to setting assessment tasks becomes increasingly important.

Anecdotally, I once heard from a uni graduate cab driver that he makes more money doing uni assignments than he does driving cabs


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sound familiar...

Does this sound like Monash students?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Free Online Uni Courses

Some interesting issues here.

On the surface it seems the practical difference between the freely accessible content and a degree is the assessment.

An opportune time to ponder how tertiary study is assessed? How do presumptive grading curves fit into this.

Is there scope for 'assessment only' offerings - akin to (mainly TAFE level) providers that conduct RPL/RCC evaluations?

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hoarding privacy jewels

Some popular press commenting highlighting a Spam Act exemption.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Broadcast Royalties for Sound Recordings

The High Court has handed down its decision in Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Limited (PPCA) & Ors v Commonwealth of Australia & Ors.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Making threats of legal action in copyright disputes

The Federal Court has ruled that a US woman pay damages of $147,000 plus costs for her unjustified threats of legal action against an Australian indigenous artist and his agent.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Apple v Samsung and

What are the appropriate criteria for the grant of interlocutory injunctions in patent cases?


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Suppliers tackle Coles and Woolworths with complaints to ACCC

Mark Bender
Department of Business Law & Taxation
Faculty of Business & Economics
Monash University

Room 558A , Menzies Building 11
Wellington Rd
Clayton  VIC  3800

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pirate Bay Case UK

Operators of The Pirate Bay authorise users' infringing acts of copying and communication to the public

Finding the trail of breadcrumbs - navigating a patent thicket

A Free Public Seminar presented by the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) in association with Licensing Executives Society Australia and New Zealand (LESANZ)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Federal Court makes ruling on copyright in computer programs

Justice Bennett of the Federal Court of Australia has today handed down her ruling in CA Inc v Independent Systems Integrators Pty Ltd.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012