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Geelan’s business quandry

Ashley Geelan claims exclusive intellectual property rights to the name “Vic News”, based on his father Graeme getting a library classification number for a Montmorency school newspaper, back in the 1990s. 

The library classification then went into disuse for more than 20 years.

Any proposition that Geelan has intellectual property or commercial rights to the name is pure fiction.

It is a lie.

Geelan has no rights to the name. He has not registered it as a business name. Nor has Geelan applied for a trade mark. These are first-base legal requirements in intellectual property law. As Ashley would say: “101”.

In the real world, vicnews.com.au was registered as a domain name by Boomerang.com.au Australia Pty Ltd of Hurstville, NSW. That company (now Online Marketing Group Pty Ltd) was properly incorporated 14 years ago, on 05/09/2005.  

In the real world, the business name of vicnews.com.au has been registered to another party by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

In the real world, “Victorian News” has been used for years by the Nine Network. The Nine Network’s lawyers have deep pockets for legal stoushes. They love a barney. It is what they do for a living.

Ashley Geelan is also unlikely to secure a business name registration for ‘Victorian News’. Which means his http://www.victoriannews.com.au domain is likely to be taken off him soon by .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), the Federal Government-appointed administrator of the .au domain space.

That puts Ashley Geelan up shit creek (again) without a paddle. “What’s that smell, Kerry-ann?”