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Richard Keegan
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As a litigator in the media and intellectual property practice, I advise clients on all issues relating to publication of content from pre-publication clearances covering defamation, contempt, copyright, privacy and reporting restrictions across all media platforms including press, television, radio, internet and social media. I also provide advice on the whole range of issues that arise post-publication including when disputes become litigious.

 

I act for both large media companies as well as individuals and organisations that find themselves subject to media attention and publicity. I have a particular depth of knowledge of the media industry and have acted in proceedings in courts throughout Australia (both civil and criminal jurisdictions) as well as proceedings conducted by regulatory and investigative bodies such as the ACMA and ICAC and various criminal and coronial investigations.

 

I joined Addisons in 2011 after previously working in the media and intellectual property dispute resolution teams at Mallesons Stephen Jaques.

 

Qualificitions

BA LLB - University of Sydney

 

Member, Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA)

 

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
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Latest Knowledge
ACCC finalises Guidelines on IP exemption repeal – are you ready?
10 September 2019
With the repeal of the IP exemption in the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) about to take effect, the ACCC has issued in final form its guidelines to help business work out what the repeal means for them - “Guidelines on the repeal of subsection 51(3) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)”
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Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
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Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf? Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.
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My work involves:

 

  • Defamation and contempt – legal clearances and disputes
  • Reputation/brand management – advising individuals and organisations on protecting their reputation and brand from negative publicity and social media campaigns.
  • Intellectual Property disputes – trade marks, copyright, passing off and confidential information
  • Contractual disputes
  • Media
     
 

Qualificitions

BA LLB - University of Sydney

 

Member, Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA)

 

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
MORE INFORMATION
See More
Latest Knowledge
ACCC finalises Guidelines on IP exemption repeal – are you ready?
10 September 2019
With the repeal of the IP exemption in the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) about to take effect, the ACCC has issued in final form its guidelines to help business work out what the repeal means for them - “Guidelines on the repeal of subsection 51(3) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)”
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION
Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf? Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.
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Joint Media Interests
We are currently acting for media interests seeking to intervene in proceedings brought by the children of Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart, against their mother in relation to a family trust.
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Various high profile individuals/key brands
We have acted on behalf of several high profile media personalities and businesses in response to fake Facebook and Twitter accounts. We have been successful in responding quickly to the existence of such accounts and using a combination of legal and commercial bases to secure the removal of such sites.
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Seven West Media; Australia Associated Press
We advise Seven, AAP and other publishers on a daily basis on their news and current affairs reports. Our advice covers defamation, contempt, intellectual property and a range of statutory reporting restrictions.
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Qualificitions

BA LLB - University of Sydney

 

Member, Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA)

 

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
MORE INFORMATION
See More
Latest Knowledge
ACCC finalises Guidelines on IP exemption repeal – are you ready?
10 September 2019
With the repeal of the IP exemption in the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) about to take effect, the ACCC has issued in final form its guidelines to help business work out what the repeal means for them - “Guidelines on the repeal of subsection 51(3) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)”
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION
Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf? Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.
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Are media companies responsible for defamatory Facebook comments made by third parties? NSWSC to decide in 'novel' case
11/4/2019
The New South Wales Supreme Court is currently considering whether media companies who operate Facebook pages are liable for defamatory comments left on their posts. In doing so, the Court will look at competing authorities from interstate and overseas in order to decide whether such comments are “published” by the companies merely by virtue of the fact that the content has appeared on their social media feeds.
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Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter - December 2018
21/12/2018
Welcome to the December 2018 edition of the Addisons Gambling Law & Regulation Newsletter. This newsletter contains Focus Papers published recently by Addisons concerning various issues relating to gambling regulation in Australia and recent developments that are likely to have an impact on the gambling sector during 2019.
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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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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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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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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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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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Federal Court of Australia Sharpens the ACMA’s Teeth: The Legitimacy of the ACMA’s Power to Investigate Potential Criminal Offences in the Absence of any Criminal Prosecution has Been Confirmed in the Case of 2DayFM’s Prank Call Recordings.
7/11/2013
The Federal Court today has ruled that the powers of the Australian Communications and Media Authority extend to investigating into and deciding whether a licensee has committed a criminal offence and therefore breached a licensing condition under the Broadcasting Services Act (Cth). The Federal Court has found that such an investigation does not involve any determination of the licensee’s criminal guilt or liability and is therefore not an improper use of the ACMA’s powers and does not amount to the exercise of judicial power contrary to the Constitution.
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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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Hot off the Press: the Federal Government announces reforms to Media Industry
13/3/2013
The Federal Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, yesterday announced the Government’s long-promised suite of reforms to media regulation.
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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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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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Qualificitions

BA LLB - University of Sydney

 

Member, Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA)

 

Latest News
Addisons helps Bega win battle over peanut butter packaging
03 May 2019
On 1 May 2019 the Federal Court of Australia confirmed Bega Cheese’s right to continue to use the packaging get-up or trade dress associated with the peanut butter products that it acquired as part of its purchase of the Mondelez Grocery Business in 2017. Importantly, this gives Bega Cheese the right to continue to use the current packaging of its Smooth and Crunchy Peanut Butter products.
MORE INFORMATION
See More
Latest Knowledge
ACCC finalises Guidelines on IP exemption repeal – are you ready?
10 September 2019
With the repeal of the IP exemption in the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) about to take effect, the ACCC has issued in final form its guidelines to help business work out what the repeal means for them - “Guidelines on the repeal of subsection 51(3) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)”
MORE INFORMATION
Employment Law in Australia Overview
05 July 2019
In Australia, employment is primarily regulated by legislation at the Federal level. There are some areas, notably long service leave, which continue to be regulated at the State and Territory level.
MORE INFORMATION
Two big cases involving big name brands, Penfolds and Bega
08 May 2019
When you are strolling the aisles of a supermarket or bottle shop, what makes you instinctively reach for a familiar brand? Why do you choose one company’s product and ignore the other similar-looking products sitting next to them on the shelf? Brand recognition and brand loyalty are central to a product’s profitability.
MORE INFORMATION