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Justine Munsie
“I don’t manage the message that my clients are seeking to publish. Rather, I work closely with my clients, including executives, creative staff and reporters to find a way to allow them to publish in a way which lessens any risk.”
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The media is more than my work, it is my passion. I begin every day with the important media stories of the day, gaining an understanding of the issues that may impact upon the publication of these stories, as it is often from such published stories that I am asked to advise clients.


My clients operate in the media, entertainment and advertising industries, as well as being other brand owners who I advise on a range of issues relevant to content, branding, reputation and marketing. This advice includes contractual and strategic issues, including pre-publication clearances, post publication complaints, brand development and protection, advertising contracts, sponsorship and talent agreements, digital media and regulatory issues, such as investigations involving the ACCC and the ACMA.


Clients for whom I act include the Seven West Media Group, including Australian Associated Press, Omnilab Media, Merivale, bet365, The Star and Zerowait Corporation.

 

I have been a partner at Addisons since February 2011, prior to which I was a member of the media and intellectual property dispute team at Mallesons Stephen Jaques. My membership of the Communications and Media Law Association ensures that I stay abreast of the latest developments in the law as they impact my clients.

 

Rankings:

 

  • Consistently ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific as a leader in the field of Technology, Media and Telecoms, including for 2019.
 

Qualifications

BA LLB – University of New South Wales


Member, Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA)
 

Member, Computers and the Law Society

 

Member, Women Lawyers' Association of NSW

“Justine Munsie at Addisons is a superb practitioner, and an invaluable resource for intellectual property and general media advice – in both contentious and non-contentious matters. I have been impressed by Justine’s responsiveness and attention to detail, as well as her commercial approach to problem solving. Highly recommended.”

 

Jeremy Briscombe
General Counsel
Yahoo!7
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Australian Government Proposes Scheme to Block Illegal Offshore Wagering Websites
13 December 2018
The Australian Federal Government is reviewing the possibility of introducing an Internet filtering scheme which would result in participating internet service providers (ISPs) blocking illegal offshore wagering websites which have been referred to the ISPs by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
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Direct Selling Legal Update - December 2018
06 December 2018
There have been a number of significant legal developments which impact upon the direct selling sector in the second half of 2018. In this newsletter, we take a closer look at some of those developments.
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Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
14 November 2018
In this edition of BenchTV, Partner, Donna Short and Special Counsel, Hazel McDwyer discuss the phases of a commercialisation project, the types of intellectual property in commercialisation agreements, and the need for the protection of intellectual property both on a domestic and global scale.
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My areas of expertise include:

 

  • Defamation and contempt – legal clearances and disputes
  • Media
  • Intellectual property and branding – trade marks, copyright, passing off and confidential information
  • Consumer protection – Australian Consumer Law
  • Contractual disputes
  • Marketing and advertising
     
 

Qualifications

BA LLB – University of New South Wales


Member, Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA)
 

Member, Computers and the Law Society

 

Member, Women Lawyers' Association of NSW

“Justine Munsie at Addisons is a superb practitioner, and an invaluable resource for intellectual property and general media advice – in both contentious and non-contentious matters. I have been impressed by Justine’s responsiveness and attention to detail, as well as her commercial approach to problem solving. Highly recommended.”

 

Jeremy Briscombe
General Counsel
Yahoo!7
Latest Knowledge
Australian Government Proposes Scheme to Block Illegal Offshore Wagering Websites
13 December 2018
The Australian Federal Government is reviewing the possibility of introducing an Internet filtering scheme which would result in participating internet service providers (ISPs) blocking illegal offshore wagering websites which have been referred to the ISPs by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
MORE INFORMATION
Direct Selling Legal Update - December 2018
06 December 2018
There have been a number of significant legal developments which impact upon the direct selling sector in the second half of 2018. In this newsletter, we take a closer look at some of those developments.
MORE INFORMATION
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
14 November 2018
In this edition of BenchTV, Partner, Donna Short and Special Counsel, Hazel McDwyer discuss the phases of a commercialisation project, the types of intellectual property in commercialisation agreements, and the need for the protection of intellectual property both on a domestic and global scale.
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Seven West Media – AFP raids
Our team advised Seven West Media on negotiations with members of the Corby family to secure exclusive television interviews following the release of Schapelle Corby from prison in Bali in February 2014.
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Seven Network – Mel B
We acted for Seven Network in urgent proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of NSW to restrain the celebrity and former Spice Girl, “Mel B” from working as a judge on a rival talent show in circumstances where she was contractually bound to work on Seven’s “X Factor” program.
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Joint Media Interests against Gina Rinehart
Our work on this matter involved acting for a combination of TV and print media interests to intervene in proceedings brought by some of the children of Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart, against their mother in relation to a family trust.
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AAP/ASIC
We act for AAP and its journalists in relation to an ASIC inquiry and ongoing proceedings commenced by the Commonwealth DPP against Jonathan Moylan, an activist charged with providing misleading information to the media in a press release concerning financing arrangements of a Whitehaven Coal project.
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Seven Network – ACMA proceedings
Seven Network asks us to advise in relation to any complaints made under the Commercial Television Code of Practice in relation to broadcast material.
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Qualifications

BA LLB – University of New South Wales


Member, Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA)
 

Member, Computers and the Law Society

 

Member, Women Lawyers' Association of NSW

“Justine Munsie at Addisons is a superb practitioner, and an invaluable resource for intellectual property and general media advice – in both contentious and non-contentious matters. I have been impressed by Justine’s responsiveness and attention to detail, as well as her commercial approach to problem solving. Highly recommended.”

 

Jeremy Briscombe
General Counsel
Yahoo!7
Latest Knowledge
Australian Government Proposes Scheme to Block Illegal Offshore Wagering Websites
13 December 2018
The Australian Federal Government is reviewing the possibility of introducing an Internet filtering scheme which would result in participating internet service providers (ISPs) blocking illegal offshore wagering websites which have been referred to the ISPs by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
MORE INFORMATION
Direct Selling Legal Update - December 2018
06 December 2018
There have been a number of significant legal developments which impact upon the direct selling sector in the second half of 2018. In this newsletter, we take a closer look at some of those developments.
MORE INFORMATION
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
14 November 2018
In this edition of BenchTV, Partner, Donna Short and Special Counsel, Hazel McDwyer discuss the phases of a commercialisation project, the types of intellectual property in commercialisation agreements, and the need for the protection of intellectual property both on a domestic and global scale.
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Google search for defamation: High Court says plaintiffs can sue
20/7/2018
The High Court has paved the way for an individual to sue Google for allegedly defaming him in a series of search results and auto-complete phrases.
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Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter December 2017
22/12/2017
Welcome to the December 2017 edition of Addisons Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter.
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Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter August 2017
9/8/2017
Welcome to the August 2017 edition of Addisons Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter. This Newsletter is produced in advance of the 2017 Australasian Gaming Expo and the further consideration by the Australian Senate of the Interactive Gambling Amendment Bill which, if passed, will represent the most significant change to Australia’s regulatory regime related to online gambling since the law came into force in 2001.
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Gambling Law & Regulation - September 2016
31/8/2016
Welcome to a bumper issue of Addisons’ latest Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter.
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Federal Court smiles at Telstra’s “I Go to Rio” advertising campaign
3/8/2016
The Federal Court of Australia has dismissed an application brought by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) who claimed that a series of Telstra advertisements falsely or misleadingly suggested that Telstra was a provider of sponsorship or sponsorship-like support for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.
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A less restrictive ‘muzzle’ on the free press? INSLM recommends amendments to s 35P of the ASIO Act
4/2/2016
The Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) this week has recommended changes to the operation of section 35P of the ASIO Act which was introduced in 2014 and created criminal offences carrying sentences of up to 10 years imprisonment for persons who disclosed information that “relates to a special intelligence operation [“SIO”]”. (See excerpts of the section below).
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The Good, the Bad and the Libellous – An overview of legal issues concerning online product and service reviews
27/3/2015
Online review platforms – websites that provide information about products, services and businesses based on consumer-experiences – are on the rise. So too is the reputational risk which may result from the publication of negative reviews.
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Pranked! High Court hangs up on 2Day FM: ACMA can determine whether broadcasters engage in criminal conduct
4/3/2015
Today’s unanimous High Court of Australia decision (a joint judgment of French CJ with Hayne, Kiefel, Bell and Keane JJ; and a separate judgment by Gageler J) allows the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), a non-judicial body, to impose enforcement action, including penalties, on broadcasters for committing a criminal offence.
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The trade mark that stops an ad campaign? IP and related issues in marketing by bookmakers
17/12/2014
A website is devoted to retired racehorse Black Caviar where roses, horse-care products and a range of merchandise may be purchased – all bearing the famous mare’s trade marked name or racing silk design.
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Attack of the Drones: trespass, safety and privacy risks involved in the newest form of flight
5/12/2014
In Australia as well as overseas, the popularity of small, unmanned, remotely piloted aircraft (often quad-copters or similar) with capabilities including carrying cameras – ‘drones’ – is booming. Drones are available at various prices, with greater or fewer technical capabilities accordingly.
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Freedom of search results: Google and others not liable for defamatory search results, at least until they are put on notice
20/8/2014
The Supreme Court of New South Wales has significantly limited the liability of search engines, such as Google, for any defamatory ‘publication’ which arises from an automatically generated search result on the site. In doing so, the Court has declined to follow an earlier Victorian decision and instead favoured a series of English cases concerning defamatory search results.
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The Right to be Forgotten: Search engines operating in Europe required to remove aged information
16/5/2014
The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that national authorities in the European Union can force search engines, such as Google, Yahoo and Bing, to remove webpages from its search results, regardless of whether the information on the webpage itself is lawful, on the basis that an individual has the “right to be forgotten”.
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Seven News successfully appeals ACMA decision. Confirms that commercial broadcasters are free to report on tobacco related issues provided they do not intend to publicise or promote smoking or tobacco products
21/3/2014
The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia today has reversed an earlier judgment in support of the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA’s) decision that Seven News had broadcast a report in contravention of the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992 (Cth) (TAPA) and therefore breached the terms of its licence granted under the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (Cth) (BSA).
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The ACMA loses its battle over 2DayFM’s prank call: The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia holds that the ACMA has no power to decide whether or not a broadcaster has committed a criminal offence
14/3/2014
The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia today has reversed an earlier ruling which had empowered the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to investigate and decide whether a broadcast licensee has committed a criminal offence and therefore breached a licensing condition under the Broadcasting Services Act (Cth) (BSA).
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Failure to update online publications can prove costly when circumstances change: UK Court awards £60,000 payable by the Times Newspaper
7/2/2014
A recent UK High Court decision illustrates how a news report which may be defensible at the time it was first published can lose the benefit of that defence over time if it remains available on line. The case also indicates how a publisher’s interaction with a defamation plaintiff can increase the sum of damages awarded.
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Celebrities, Social Media and Copyright: Tarantino and Prince sue online infringers
31/1/2014
Two recent copyright infringement cases coming out of the US show that celebrities are taking their online rights seriously but nevertheless remain at the mercy of their social media fan base.
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Online guarantees: ACCC releases guidelines for businesses and online review platforms addressing fake, incentivised and misleading reviews
13/1/2014
Consumer confidence in online information is at the centre of guidelines recently released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for reviews for businesses and consumer review platforms (Guidelines). The Guidelines are a response to the ACCC’s concerns regarding the increase in paid for and fake reviews and testimonials which can mislead consumers who are becoming increasingly reliant on online reviews for goods and services.
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Gambling Law & Regulation - December 2013
24/12/2013
Welcome to our December 2013 Gambling Law and Regulation Newsletter. In this Newsletter, we cover some of the developments that have taken place throughout the last few months of 2013.
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Gambling Law & Regulation - August 2013
11/8/2013
Welcome to the latest issue of Addisons’ Gambling Law & Regulation. This Newsletter is timed to coincide with the Australasian Gaming Expo and Gaming, Racing and Wagering Australia 2013.
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Getting the Deal Through
12/9/2012
Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through - e-Commerce 2013
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Gambling Law & Regulation - August 2012
17/8/2012
This issue of Addisons’ Gambling Law & Regulation newsletter is issued in connection with the Australasian Gaming Expo and Gaming, Racing and Wagering Australia 2012 Conference.
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Gambling Law & Regulation - April 2012
5/4/2012
This is an expanded edition of Addisons’ Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter. It contains articles on current gambling issues, ranging from summaries of the current position relating to the regulation in Australia of pre-commitment in connection with gaming machines to the aftermath of last week’s High Court decisions relating to the constitutional validity of the race fields regime.
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Competition & Consumer Quarterly
17/10/2011
In this edition: * Food Industry Beware - ACCC drawn to misleading and deceptive conduct like a bee to honey * Federal Court decision on search engine marketing: sponsored links may be misleading but advertisers have only themselves to blame * Slimming spray sales representations stopped overseas Knock, knock. Who's there? - ACCC imposes infringement notices and accepts undertaking from a door-to-door sales company in respect of misleading representations made during in-home presentations * ACCC issues surprising statistics about the first six months of the new mandatory reporting requirements under the product safety provisions of the Australian Consumer Law
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Gambling Law and Regulation - September 2011
30/9/2011
In this edition: * High Court Appeals in Sportsbet and Betfair * Taxation Commissioner Ordered to Pay Multimillion Dollar Refunds to Australian Wagering Operator: Could You Benefit from the Federal Court Ruling Too? * Federal Court Rules in Favour of Betbox: The End of Retail Exclusivity? * DBCDE Reviews the IGA: Will the Federal Government Change the Law on Online Gaming? * NSW Law Reform Commission Proposes New Laws on Cheating in Sport * Copyright in Databases: Australia's High Court Refuses to Grant Telstra Special Leave. What does this Mean for Wagering Operators?
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Qualifications

BA LLB – University of New South Wales


Member, Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA)
 

Member, Computers and the Law Society

 

Member, Women Lawyers' Association of NSW

“Justine Munsie at Addisons is a superb practitioner, and an invaluable resource for intellectual property and general media advice – in both contentious and non-contentious matters. I have been impressed by Justine’s responsiveness and attention to detail, as well as her commercial approach to problem solving. Highly recommended.”

 

Jeremy Briscombe
General Counsel
Yahoo!7
Latest Knowledge
Australian Government Proposes Scheme to Block Illegal Offshore Wagering Websites
13 December 2018
The Australian Federal Government is reviewing the possibility of introducing an Internet filtering scheme which would result in participating internet service providers (ISPs) blocking illegal offshore wagering websites which have been referred to the ISPs by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
MORE INFORMATION
Direct Selling Legal Update - December 2018
06 December 2018
There have been a number of significant legal developments which impact upon the direct selling sector in the second half of 2018. In this newsletter, we take a closer look at some of those developments.
MORE INFORMATION
Commercialisation of Intellectual Property
14 November 2018
In this edition of BenchTV, Partner, Donna Short and Special Counsel, Hazel McDwyer discuss the phases of a commercialisation project, the types of intellectual property in commercialisation agreements, and the need for the protection of intellectual property both on a domestic and global scale.
MORE INFORMATION